Orographic Lifting

When horizontally moving air encounters an obstacle such as a mountain, it is forced to rise as it is pushed over the mountain. This lifting produces cooling. If the air is moist, clouds form. The types of clouds that form are a function of the moisture in the air and the stability of the air.

The terrain in the vicinity of NAS Pensacola is relatively flat, generating few orographic effects.

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