8 Most Popular Questions children ask about WEATHER
By nature, all children are very curious and therefore ask so many questions. But do we adults always know the exact answers? Here is a selection of the 8 most popular questions about weather that children ask.
- Why is the sun hot?
- Why does it rain?
- Why does lightning strike?
- Why do rainbows appear?
- Why does the wind blow?
- Why does it snow?
- Why is ice slippery?
- Why do dewdrops appear overnight?
Why Is The Sun Hot ?
The sun is a burning ball of gases. We feel its heat, even though it’s 93 million miles away. Hot ! The sun is too bright for our delicate eyes, and it is very dangerous to look at it, it can cause blindness.
Why does it feel cold when a cloud covers the sun? Clouds soak up most of the sun’s warm rays, just like a sponge soaks up water and the air near the ground soon cools .
Why Does It Rain?
Clouds hold the answer. When warm air rises to meet cold air, moisture in the warm air condenses to make water droplets, so appear the clouds. They carry tiny water droplets that bump into each other, growing bigger and heavier, until they fall, sprinkling or pouring, as rain.
Why are rain clouds so dark? Rain clouds appear dark because of the amount of water droplets inside them. The more droplets, the darker the cloud – and the harder it’s going to rain!
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Why does lightning strike?
A lightning bolt is a giant spark of electricity. It strikes because it is attracted to the ground in the same way that a magnet attracts certain metals. The loud crashes of a heavy thunderstorm happen because scorching hot lightning makes air expand too fast, so we hear a big boom.
In fact thunder and lightning occur at the same time, but sound travels much slower than light, so we hear thunder after lightning.
Why do rainbows appear?
Rainbows appear when the sun’s behind you and there’s rain ahead because sunlight splits into colors as it passes through water droplets. White sunlight is a perfect blend of seven colors: red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, and violet. So these are the colors that appear when a ray of sunlight passes through a raindrop and splits up.
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Why does the wind blow?
Wind is whistling, invisible air. It blows because air never stops moving – warm air always rises, and cold air rushes in to take its place.
It’s like a game of tag that never stops. It just gets faster or slower.
Why do tornadoes appear?
Tornadoes spiral up when a funnel of hot, damp air meets cold, dry air. They are dangerous whirlwinds, and they suck up everything in their path.
Why does it snow?
Clouds can get so cold their water droplets freeze into tiny ice crystals. The crystals cling to each other as they fall from the sky, turning into soft snowflakes.
Why is a snowflake star shaped?
In Fact It isn’t! It’s made up of about 50 tiny crystals that are. Each crystal has six sides, and no two are the same. We can only see the crystals through a microscope.
Why is ice slippery?
When skating across ice, your weight melts the top layer, creating a slippery surface between your skates and the ice.
Why do leaves get frosty?
Water in the air can freeze on a cold, solid surface -such as a leaf or window. It is known as hoar frost.
Why do icicles appear?
Spikes of ice slowly grow when drops of water freeze before they can drip to the ground.
Why are icebergs so big?
An iceberg is a broken-off piece of glacier that floats the sea. The floating crystal castle we see just the tip of the iceberg. The rest of it is hidden under the water.
Why do dewdrops appear overnight?
As air cools at night, the moisture it contains condenses into droplets. By morning, these droplets are clinging to all sorts of things, from spiders’ webs to insects’ wings.
Why do appears to mist?
Just like dew, mist appears when water in the air condenses into droplets. This makes a cloud appear – but it appears at ground level, so you can walk through it!
Why is fog thick?
Fog is thicker than mist because it contains many more water droplets. In cities these can pick up dirt from cars and smoke.
By A DK PUBLISHING BOOK