Freezing rain

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Term: Freezing rain
Definition: A type of precipitation. Occurs when liquid rain hits a cold surface and then immediately freezes into ice. For this to occur, a surface temperature inversion is usually required. In such an inversion, the surface must have a temperature below freezing, while the temperature of the atmosphere where the precipitation forms is above freezing.
Created 2022.03.08
Last Modified 2023.03.27
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