water cycle

what is it and how does it work

Precipitation

In meteorology, precipitation is any product of the condensation of atmospheric water vapour that falls under gravity. The main forms of precipitation include drizzle, rain, sleet, snow, graupel and hail.

Weather radar, also called weather surveillance radar . . . and Doppler weather radar, is a type of radar used to locate precipitation, calculate its motion, and estimate its type . . .

Evaporation

Evaporation is a type of vaporization of a liquid that occurs from the surface of a liquid into a gaseous phase that is not saturated with the evaporating substance.Evaporation is the process by which water is converted from its liquid form to its vapor form and thus transferred from land and water masses to the atmosphere.

run off

Stormwater is of concern for two main issues: one related to the volume and timing of runoff water . . . and the other related to potential contaminants that the water is carrying, ie water pollution. Surface runoff is the water flow that occurs when the soil is infiltrated to full capacity and excess water from rain, meltwater, or other sources flows over the land.

Condensation

Condensation is the change of the physical state of matter from gas phase into liquid phase, and is the reverse of vaporization. It can also be defined as the change in the state of water vapor to liquid water when in contact with any surface.

Condensation generally occurs in the atmosphere when warm air rises, cools and looses its capacity to hold water vapor.