The Water Cycle
The water cycle begins with evaporation. Evaporation is when the heat from the sun changes water into water vapor. It rises into the sky where clouds are formed.
Condensation is where clouds are formed. They are very cold. When a cloud cannot hold anymore water, it begins to precipitate...
Precipitation means anything that falls from the sky. There are four forms of precipitation. They are rain, snow, sleet and hail. Rain is when water falls from the sky. It must be lower that 32 degrees to snow; that is when snowflakes fall from the sky. Hail is chunks of ice that fall. You will see hail during a thunderstorm, tornado, or hailstorm. Sleet is a mix of ice and rain. It looks kind of like a slushie.
Storage is where water is stored until it evaporates again. Some examples of storage are oceans, lakes, rivers, and streams. When the water evaporates, the cycle starts all over again!