|Convection in the Sky|
|How Convection Works
*The sun heats the ground, and the ground heats the air.
*The air becomes less dense (lighter), so it rises.
*The air cools as it rises, and water vapor may condense to form a cloud.
*As the air cools it becomes more dense (heavier) and it sinks to the ground again.
*The cycle continues!
|Click on the links below to...
...see the intricate cloud pattens convection creates.
...understand how convection can turn a puffy, white cumulus cloud into a dark and ominous thunderstorm.
...see how convection can alter the world's weather and why convection is important to study and understand.