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Pop Quiz: What Causes Different Precip?

1 Nov 2017, 5:53 pm

Pop quiz!

This is on your honor, so be honest when you post your score in the section below!

Game On

In the questions, the graph represents the temperature profile of the atmosphere. The top is high up in the atmosphere, and the bottom represents the surface.

  1. Let’s start easy.

    A. Sleet
    B. Freezing Rain
    C. Rain
    D. Snow
  2. Another easy graph.

    A. Sleet
    B. Freezing Rain
    C. Rain
    D. Snow
  3. It crosses the freezing line twice!

    A. Sleet
    B. Freezing Rain
    C. Rain
    D. Snow
  4. The last question.

    A. Sleet
    B. Freezing Rain
    C. Rain
    D. Snow

The Answers

Now don’t cheat.

  1. Snow (D)
    The water droplet never warms above freezing. So it stays frozen and as snow the entire time.
  2. Rain (C)
    The droplet warms above freezing and melts. It stays warm and falls as rain when it hits the surface.
  3. Freezing Rain (B)
    The droplet warms above freezing and melts. As it nears the surface it drops below freezing again right before reaching the surface, freezing upon contact.
  4. Sleet (A)
    The water droplet warms above freezing, but then re-freezes before reaching the surface. Thus hitting the ground as little frozen pellets, or sleet.

Be Sure to Share Your Score in the Comments!

For WeatherNation — Meteorologist Jeremy LaGoo

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