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Precipitation is any form of water that falls from the sky to the ground. The form of water includes rain, snow, sleet, freezing rain, hail, and virga. A major component of the hydrologic cycle, precipitation is responsible for producing most of the fresh water on the planet. The standard way of measuring rainfall or snowfall is the standard rain gage, which can be found in 4-inch/100mm plastic and 8-inch/200mm metal varieties (Fig. 51). Condensation and coalescence play important roles in the water cycle. When relatively warm, moist air rises, precipitation begins to form. As air cools, water vapour begins to condense on condensation nuclei and forms clouds. After the water droplets grow large enough, one of two processes will likely occur to bring about ...