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Precipitation Facts for Kids

Precipitation Facts for Kids

The topic of this web page is precipitation (any condensation of water vapor) and contains 16 precipitation facts for kids. In addition to facts about precipitation, we provide you with some fun pictures of precipitation examples and alternate resources with information on precipitation. Our precipitation facts will help you learn about what precipitation is, what are the different types of precipitation and several other precipitation facts.

Our facts about precipitation and other precipitation related data should help you understand the fundamentals of this meteorological event. Start your research on precipitation by scrolling down and reading our 00 precipitation facts. Following those facts are pictures of precipitation and additional resources. We’re always looking to expand the below educational content on precipitation, if you have anything you can share or find inaccurate information, please contact us.

16 Precipitation Facts For Kids

  1. Precipitation is one of several different water vapor condensation types that fall from the atmosphere.
  2. Precipitation is created by evaporation. The Sun heats up bodies of water (oceans, lakes, etc.) and the water evaporates and then becomes water vapor in the atmosphere.
  3. Precipitation occurs when the atmosphere becomes saturated with water vapor and gravity pulls it down to the surface.
  4. There are several different types of precipitation, including but not limited to drizzle, rain, hail, sleet, and snow.
  5. There are three forms of precipitation: liquid, freezing/mixed and frozen.
  6. An example of liquid precipitation is rain, which occurs when temperatures are above freezing.
  7. An example of freezing/mixed precipitation is sleet, which occurs when temperatures are around freezing.
  8. An example of frozen precipitation is snow, which occurs when temperatures are below freezing.
  9. Most precipitation comes from nimbostratus and cumulonimbus clouds. However, small amounts of precipitation can come from altocumulus and altostratus clouds.
  10. Precipitation plays a vital role in the water cycle (hydrologic cycle) by helping disperse freshwater across the planet.
  11. Without precipitation, surface and groundwater sources couldn’t replenish their water supplies and would dry up.
  12. Large amounts of precipitation are created by numerous severe weather events, such as hurricanes, blizzards, and thunderstorms.
  13. Acid rain is a type of precipitation that is highly acidic due to pollutants in the atmosphere.
  14. A region or area might go into a drought if below-average precipitation occurs due to weather events or climate change.
  15. The average annual precipitation across the surface of the entire planet is about 41.3 inches or about 3.46 inches per month.
  16. A single thundercloud in a thunderstorm can hold over one million gallons of water that will fall as some type of precipitation.

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Precipitation Pictures

If a picture is worth a thousand words, then the below images will be helpful for your research on precipitation. Below are three pictures of different types of precipitation. These pictures should help you better understand three of the different types of precipitation experienced on Earth.

Rain, one of the types of precipitation.

A picture of it raining.

Hail, one of the types of precipitation.

A picture of hail and a hailstorm.

Snow, one of the types of precipitation.

A picture of it snowing.

Precipitation Resources

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