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EARTH SCIENCE > ATMOSPHERE > ATMOSPHERIC WATER VAPOR > PRECIPITABLE WATER
Definition:
The total atmospheric water vapor contained in a vertical column of
unit cross-sectional area extending between any two specified levels,
commonly expressed in terms of the height to which that water substance
would stand if completely condensed and collected in a vessel of the same
unit cross section.  
Reference:
Glossary of Weather and Climate, American Meteorological Society, 1996.
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