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A Canada goose mother and goslings cross a road in the rain. Rain is liquid precipitation: water falling from the sky. Raindrops fall to Earth when clouds become saturated, or filled, with water droplets.

Photograph by Jamie Lee, MyShot

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Global Precipitation
Internal Resource
EDUCATION

Global Precipitation

An interactive map of annual global precipitation over the Earth's land surfaces.

  • Best for: Grades 5+ (ages 10+)
  • Concepts: climate, fog, freshwater, hail, precipitation, rain, snow, weather
Droughts 101
Video
EDUCATION

Droughts 101

Droughts can cause a variety of problems to local communities, including damage to ecosystems, crops, and a shortage of drinking water.

  • Concepts: drought, dryness, freshwater, natural hazards, natural resources, rain
Seasons
Idea
EDUCATION

Seasons

Get ideas for ways to celebrate the seasons around the world.

  • Best for: Grades K+ (ages 5+)
  • Concepts: arts, autumn, autumnal equinox, buds, celebrations, cultures, data, equinoxes, fall, food, hurricanes, leaves, maps, natural disasters, plants, rain, rainfall, seasons, solstices, spring, summer solstice, tornadoes, trees, tropical storms, vernal equinox, winter solstice
Strange Rains
Article
EDUCATION

Strange Rains

“Animal rain” happens when little critters get swept up in waterspouts and fall down with raindrops.

  • Best for: Grades K-10 (ages 5-16)
  • Concepts: animal rain, storms, waterspouts, weather, wind
rain
Collection
EDUCATION

rain

sleet
Article
EDUCATION

sleet

Encyclopedic entry. Sleet is rain or melted snow that freezes into ice pellets before hitting the ground. Sleet only happens under very specific weather conditions.

  • Best for: Grades 4+ (ages 9+)
  • Concepts: ice, precipitation, rain, sleet, water, water cycle, weather
rain
Article
EDUCATION

rain

Rain is liquid precipitation: water falling from the sky. Raindrops fall to Earth when clouds become saturated, or filled, with water droplets.

  • Best for: Grades 6+ (ages 11+)
  • Concepts: acid rain, atmosphere, clouds, condensation, liquids, meteorology, precipitation, rain, water cycle
precipitation
Article
EDUCATION

precipitation

Precipitation is any type of water that forms in the Earth's atmosphere and then drops onto the surface of the Earth. Water vapor, droplets of water suspended in the air, builds up in the Earth's atmosphere.

  • Best for: Grades 4+ (ages 9+)
  • Concepts: atmosphere, clouds, hail, precipitation, rain, sleet, snow, storms, water, water cycle
monsoon
Article
EDUCATION

monsoon

Encyclopedic entry. A monsoon is a seasonal change in the direction of the prevailing, or strongest, winds of a region. Monsoons cause wet and dry seasons throughout much of the tropics.

  • Best for: Grades 6+ (ages 11+)
  • Concepts: monsoons, precipitation, rain, seasons, southeast asia, weather, wind
hail
Article
EDUCATION

hail

Hail is a type of precipitation, or water in the atmosphere. Hail is formed when drops of water freeze together in the cold upper regions of thunderstorm clouds.

  • Best for: Grades 6+ (ages 11+)
  • Concepts: atmosphere, climate, hail, precipitation, rain, water, weather
weather
Article
EDUCATION

weather

One of the first things you probably do every morning is look out the window to see what the weather is like

  • Best for: Grades 5+ (ages 10+)
  • Concepts: air masses, air pressure, atmosphere, climate, clouds, forecasting, fronts, humidity, meteorology, radar, rain, satellites, storms, temperature, weather, weather balloons, wind