Precipitation is water that falls in
any form from the sky to the
Rain is the most common type of precipitation in our
atmosphere. Rain takes place when drops of liquid
water fall all the way to the surface of the Earth. Rain
often takes one of two main forms. These two forms are
showers, and drizzles. Showers lasts just a brief period
of time, and usually are made up of large heavy drops.
Drizzles generally last much longer, and are made up of
smaller finer droplets of water.
Is rain the only type of
Can you think of
any other types
Brainstorm a list
with you partner.
Sleet refers to a
mixture of snow
and rain, as well as
freeze on their way
Freezing rain which is
to as glaze, takes
place when water
do not freeze in air,
but rather freeze
the instant they
strike an object such
as a road, or car.
The result can make
roads very slippery.
Snow forms when water vapor turns directly into
ice without ever passing through a liquid state.
This happens as water condenses around an ice
Hail forms in a complex dance between moisture, and wind.
Deep within cumulonimbus clouds ice crystals form, and
begin to fall towards the Earth’s surface. As this happens,
wind gusts pick up the ice crystals pushing them back up high
into the clouds. As they begin to fall again, they continue
growing in size. This process may be repeated several more
times, until the hail stone becomes so large that it is too
heavy for the wind to carry, causing it to fall towards the