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Moisture Animations
This site features GIFs, Java applets, MPEGs, and Flash animations that illustrate various forms of precipitation and moisture. They include an animation of air parcels and water vapor colliding with condensation nuclei which results in condensation and cloud formation, an interactive precipitation animation applet that allows the user to set wet and dry bulb temperatures to see if snow, ice, freezing rain, sleet, super cooled droplets, raindrops, or drizzle will fall, an animation of lake effect snow over the Great Lakes, and infrared satellite images of water vapor moving across the US. These resources portray a variety of environments and are suitable for use in lectures, labs, or other teaching activities.
Intended for grade levels:
  • High (9-12)
  • College (13-14)
  • College (15-16)
Type of resource:
  • Visual:
    • Illustration - scientific
  • Atmospheric science
  • Climatology
Technical requirements:
Flash player
Cost / Copyright:
No cost
The reuse and dissemination of the material on this site for educational and noncommercial purposes is allowed as long as attribution is retained. To this end, the material on this site is offered under a Creative Commons license, the details of which can be found at
DLESE Catalog ID: SERC-NAGT-000-000-000-849
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Resource contact / Creator / Publisher:
Editor: Dr Mark Francek
Central Michigan University and Carleton College Science Education Resource Center