Air mass thunderstorms - Life Cycle
QUESTION FOR THOUGHT:
As a parcel of air rises in a thunderstorm updraft, it will eventually reach saturation at cloud base and water vapor will start condensing into water. Will this process inhibit or enhance the updraft? Explain.
8. With the aid of a diagram, explain why stronger downdrafts will form if the air descending in the downdraft is sub saturated rather than saturated.
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