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Book: Soil Science Step-by-Step Field Analysis
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This chapter in SOIL SCIENCE STEP-BY-STEP FIELD ANALYSIS

  1.  p. 201-210
     
    Soil Science Step-by-Step Field Analysis

    Sally Logsdon, Dave Clay, Demie Moore and Teferi Tsegaye (ed.)

    ISBN: 978-0-89118-856-8

     
    Published: 2008


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doi:10.2136/2008.soilsciencestepbystep.c15

Rainfall

  1. O.S. Mbuya,
  2. T.D. Tsegaye and
  3. L. McCowan
  1. Center for Water & Air Quality Florida A&M University Tallahassee, FL 32307-4100 (odemari.mbuya@famu.edu)
    Natural Resources & Environ. Sci. Alabama A&M University Normal, AL 35762-1208 (teferi.tsegaye@aamu.edu)
    Biosystems & Agric. Eng. Dep. Oklahoma State University Stillwater, OK 74075 (mladonn@okstate.edu)

Summary

Summary

Precipitation is any kind of water that falls from the sky as part of the weather—snow, rain, sleet, freezing rain, hail, and virga—and is a major part of the hydrologic cycle and is responsible for depositing most of the fresh water on the planet. Rainfall is liquid precipitation. Knowing the nature and characteristics of rainfall enables us to conceptualize, predict, and manage its effects on runoff, infiltration, floods, evapotranspiration, and water yield. Rainfall characteristics affect runoff, erosion, flooding, dependency of irrigation, and crop selection. Tillage management, soil erosion, and flood control are directly affected by the amount and intensity of rainfall. Long-term measurements of rainfall are used to forecast and plan for agricultural and engineering activities.

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