What are the Different Types of Rainfall?

There are 3 main types of rainfall –

Relief Rainfall

This types of rainfall (also known as orographic) occurs when air has been blown over a large water mass and is then forced up over an area of high land. This causes air to cool and the moisture in the air to condense and rain to fall.

Frontal Rainfall

This type of rainfall occurs when warm air is forced to rise over cold air. The moisture in the warm air condenses as it cools which creates clouds and rain.

Convectional Rainfall

This type of rainfall generally occurs in tropics or warm climates. When air is hot it rises and cools and condenses to create precipitation. When the air is very hot it rises quickly and creates thunderstorms!

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