pre·​cip·​i·​ta·​ble | \ pri-ˈsi-pə-tə-bəl How to pronounce precipitable (audio) \

Definition of precipitable

: capable of being precipitated

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Recent Examples on the Web Phil Gonsalves, a forecaster for the weather service, said the precipitable water level, which is a measure of the amount of water vapor in the air, was higher than has ever been recorded in San Diego on July 10. Robert Krier,, "Steamy weather might include thunderstorms," 10 July 2018 The image also shows a great pooling of atmospheric moisture, called precipitable water. Jeff Halverson, Washington Post, "The second 1,000-year rainstorm in two years engulfed Ellicott City. Here’s how it happened.," 28 May 2018 Accompanying this front, the moisture content of the deep atmosphere will be very high, approaching two inches of precipitable water (figure below). Jeff Halverson, Washington Post, "Weekend outlook: Heavy rain and flooding threat at times, but not a washout," 8 June 2018 On Sunday, our precipitable value was nearly record-breaking for this region, for May 27. Jeff Halverson, Washington Post, "The second 1,000-year rainstorm in two years engulfed Ellicott City. Here’s how it happened.," 28 May 2018 Thursday into Friday, a measure of atmospheric moisture from the ground up to cloud level, known as total precipitable water, is forecast to be near record levels (possibly near or exceeding two inches). Jason Samenow, Washington Post, "Flood watch issued as half a foot of rain could fall in Washington through Saturday," 16 May 2018 Saturday morning’s balloon launch at the National Weather Service office in Sterling, Va., recorded a measurement of precipitable water (how much water content is in the atmosphere) of 0.17 inches. Greg Porter, Washington Post, "PM Update: Mostly cloudy for Easter Sunday; Some wet snow early Monday northwest of D.C.," 31 Mar. 2018 And the deeper air mass feeding into this pipe was incredibly moist, with precipitable water values (PWV) — how much rain would fall in a 1-meter-square column, measured from the ground to the top of the atmosphere — in the 2.5-to-2.8 inch range. Jeff Halverson, Washington Post, "Harvey’s two-step across Texas: The peculiar meteorology behind a U.S. rain record," 31 Aug. 2017 The HRRR model projects precipitable water, a measure of atmospheric moisture, to exceed two inches in some areas, which is very high. Jason Samenow, Washington Post, "Drenching storms with strong wind gusts likely into this evening (Updates)," 14 July 2017

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First Known Use of precipitable

1670, in the meaning defined above

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“Precipitable.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Oct. 2020.

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pre·​cip·​i·​ta·​ble | \ pri-ˈsip-ət-ə-bəl How to pronounce precipitable (audio) \

Medical Definition of precipitable

: capable of being precipitated

Other Words from precipitable

precipitability \ -​ˌsip-​ət-​ə-​ˈbil-​ət-​ē How to pronounce precipitability (audio) \ noun, plural precipitabilities

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