View of distant rainfall over Death Valley, USA

View of distant rainfall over Death Valley, USA

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Credit: REV. RONALD ROYER/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Rainfall. View of distant rainfall in a desert. The shower can be seen (lower centre) as a grey/pink sheet of rain emerging from cumulus clouds. Rain is the precipitation of small drops of water. Air masses acquire moisture as they pass over warm bodies of water or wet land masses. The moisture is carried upwards by turbulence and convection. Rainfall results from the cooling and condensation of this water vapour by winds or by being forced to rise over land masses. Photographed in Death Valley, California, USA. Rain is extremely infrequent here. This rain fell as an effect of the 1998 El Nino event in the Pacific Ocean some distance to the west.

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Keywords: climate, cloud, cumulus cloud, death valley, desert, distant, el nino, meteorology, precipitation, rain, rainfall, rainfall in distance, rainfall over desert, weather

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