5th grade Science Vocabulary

Term Definition
atmosphere a blanket of gases that surrounds the Earth
cloud a collection of millions of tiny water droplets or ice crystals
meteorologist a scientist who studies weather
occluded front the area in which a warm air mass is caught between two cold air masses
precipitation any form of water that falls from the sky
psychrometer weather instrument used to measure the amount of moisture or humidity in the air
stationary front The area in which a warm air mass and a cold air mass meet. Neither have the energy to move one another.
stratus clouds of low altitude, they're thin and stretch out across the sky, and block out sunlight ex. fog
temperate zone characterized by a seasonal climate, wide range of temperatures, hot and cold
weather the state of the atmosphere at a certain time and place

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