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Starter – Quiz questions


1. What does a meteorologist study?



2. How many seasons are there?




3. Can you name them all?


4. Trying to predict the weather is know as weather _________




5. The change in seasons is caused by


a)the tilt of the Earth
b)the moon
c)Earth’s oceans 



Answers: 1)c, 2)b, 3) Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter 4)b, 5)a

We’ve looked at the different seasons and the types of weather we might see in each.


We know that Winter is usually very cold, and we might even see snow! We also usually get quite a bit of rain in Winter too…


But, did you know that without rain, most of our planet would be like a desert?


What is rain?


Rain is part of a bigger family of the weather called precipitation which means any form of water that falls to the earth like rain, snow, drizzle, hail and sleet.



Where does rain come from?

Watch this video and find out……What is rain? - BBC Bitesize

The air is full of water vapour (an invisible gas).
When air cools down the water vapour condenses from a gas into a liquid        and forms tiny water droplets.
Water droplets gather to form clouds.
The water droplets get bigger and heavier. The air can't hold them up any     longer.
The water droplets fall to the ground as rain.


Rain is part of the water cycle.


We can measure how much rain falls using a weather tool called a “rain gauge”.


Task – follow the instructions with your grown-up and make your own rain gauge.



Tip – you might need to add something to the bottom of the rain gauge to weigh it down and stop it from blowing over, maybe some stones in the bottom or some blue-tac underneath.


Task – check your rain gauge at the same time each day and record how much rain has fallen.

Remember to empty it out each day.