Difference Between Cloudiness vs. Precipitation

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Main Difference

Cloudiness and precipitation are both the terms attached to the weather and climate. Basically, both these terms are interlinked with each other, evaporation in the oceans and seas leads to the cloudiness and cloudiness leads to the precipitation. There are many forms of the precipitation. Vaporization also plays a vital role in the cloudiness in the atmosphere.

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What is Cloudiness?

The majority of the clouds and in general almost all of the Precipitation is produced and is generated by the cooling of the air. When the air rises, it is cooled, it results in the Cloudiness of the moisture present in the air. When the temperature associated with the air is decreased in the air, water vapours which are present in excess in the air condense into the droplets of liquid or sometimes ice crystals to form the clouds or even fog. Cloud can obtain any of the different forms depending upon many factors, it can acquire the form of stratus, cirrus or even cumulus. These forms taken by the cloud reflects the patterns associated with the air movement which creates them. Large, dense and fluffy cumulus clouds form from rising masses of air called thermals. Sometimes a cumulus has often flat Base, depending upon the extent of the level at which the vapours of the waters initially condensed. Cirrus clouds sometimes form above and high in the troposphere, and their crystals never reach the earth surface. Whenever the whole layer of air or arises obliquely, stratus clouds are originated and formed. Stratus clouds are comprising larger distances, In some cases, it can even Cover hundreds of miles.

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What is Precipitation?

Precipitation is produced and generated when the droplets and crystals in clouds grow large enough to fall to the earth surface. In most of the cases, clouds do not often produce Precipitation until they are way more than one kilometre thick and dense. Precipitation takes a variety of forms, including rain, drizzle, hail, snow, freezing rain, ice pellets or even sleet. Usually, diameter associated with rain drops are larger than 0.7 millimetres whereas on the other hand drizzle drops are smaller in size as compared to rain drops. Some raindrops are even larger in size than about six millimetres because such larger drops are unstable they cannot contain themselves and pour very easily, so they are easy to break up resultantly those rain drops are larger in size. Ice pellets are the type of raindrops that fall in the category of the rain drips which are frozen in the midair. Freezing rain is the type of the rain that freezes on contact with any of the surface. It often produces a large layer of ice which can create problems and which is very slippery at times.

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Key Differences

  1. Precipitation is the result of the cloudiness
  2. Cloudiness does not necessarily leads to precipitation
  3. Precipitation can take many forms like drizzle or snow whereas on the other hand this is not the case in the cloudiness
  4. Precipitation is almost in every case is due to cooling of air whereas on the other hand cloudiness is not always due to cooling of air.