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Chapter 3: Precipitation

Published by the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers, St. Joseph, Michigan www.asabe.org

Citation:  Pages 31-54 (doi:10.13031/swce.2013.3) in Soil and Water Conservation Engineering, 7th Edition . Copyright 2013 American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers, St. Joseph, Mich.
Authors:   Rodney L. Huffman, Delmar D. Fangmeier, William J. Elliot, Stephen R. Workman
Keywords:   Soil, water, conservation, environment, Description, 3.1 Formation of Precipitation, 3.2 Characteristics of Precipitation, 3.3 Time Distribution, 3.4 Geographic Distribution, Measurement of Precipitation, 3.5 Measuring Rainfall, 3.6 Measuring Snowfa

Introductory paragraph: Precipitation describes all forms of liquid and solid water that falls from the atmosphere and reaches the earth's surface. Familiar examples such as rain, snow, sleet, and hail make precipitation one of the most recognized portions of the hydrologic cycle. Identification and or prediction of the intensity, duration, and frequency of precipitation events are important aspects of most environmental engineering applications.

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