[hahy-druh-mee-tee-er, -awr]
liquid water or ice in the atmosphere in various forms, as rain, ice crystals, hail, fog, or clouds.
Compare lithometeor.

1855–60; hydro-1 + meteor

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hydrometeor (ˌhaɪdrəʊˈmiːtɪə)
any weather condition produced by water or water vapour in the atmosphere, such as rain, snow, or cloud

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hydrometeor   (hī'drō-mē'tē-ər)  Pronunciation Key 
Any of various forms of water or ice that occur in the atmosphere or on the Earth's surface as a result of condensation. Rain, snow, fog, clouds, and dew are all hydrometeors.
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any water or ice particles that have formed in the atmosphere or at the Earth's surface as a result of condensation or sublimation. Water or ice particles blown from the ground into the atmosphere are also classed as hydrometeors. Some well-known hydrometeors are clouds, fog, rain, snow, hail, dew, rime, glaze, blowing snow, and blowing spray

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