This is an image of the four different types of precipitation: snow, freezing rain, hail, and rain.
Precipitation is water released from clouds in the form of rain, freezing rain, sleet, snow, or hail. It is the primary connection in the water cycle that provides for the delivery of atmospheric water to the Earth. Most precipitation falls as rain. Precipitation does not fall in the same amounts throughout the world, in a country, or even in a city.. For example, deserts average less than an inch of total precipitation per year. The agricultural Midwest, however, receives approximately 15 inches per year, while tropical rain forests can receive more than 100 inches of precipitation per year!
This interactive Water Cycle diagram allows you to click on a term and learn more about what each of them mean. If you are interested in learning more about the Water Cycle, this would be a great tool to use!
We are going to watch this YouTube video that further describes to us the main parts of the Water Cycle. By the end of this unit, you all should be pros about the components of the Water Cycle and how the Water Cycle works!