Sunday Science Tidbit; Orographic Lift

Have you ever noticed that a front loses some of its energy as it moves across the Appalachian mountains? In today’s Sunday Science Tidbit we’ll explain one factor that contributes to this known as orographic lift. Orographic lift is also known as up-slope flow or topographic uplift. Orographic lift basically shows the process of air being pushed up the side of a barrier, like a mountain. As the air lifts up the side of the mountain it naturally cools. Warm air holds more moisture than cool air. Therefore, as the air cools, the moisture condenses and makes clouds…