Sleet: Definition & Formation


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What is the difference between freezing rain and sleet?

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1. Which type of precipitation falls when surface temperatures and temperatures in the atmosphere are both warm?

2. How would you measure sleet?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

If you live in an area where it gets cold, then you may already be familiar with sleet. Put your knowledge of this precipitation to the test with the help of this combination quiz and worksheet. The quiz will have you distinguish freezing rain from sleet and determine the type of precipitation that falls when surface and atmospheric temperatures are warm.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

These tools will test you on the following:

  • Taking measurements of sleet
  • The substance that moves from Earth's surface into the atmosphere and then returns as precipitation
  • Factor that causes sleet to form

Skills Practiced

This quiz and worksheet allow you to practice following skills:

  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read information regarding the factor that causes sleet to form and interpret it correctly
  • Distinguishing differences - differentiate between freezing rain and sleet
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding the precipitation that occurs when atmospheric and surface temperatures are both warm
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer a questions about a method for measuring sleet

Additional Learning

If you would like to discover more about the characteristics of sleet, study the accompanying lesson, Sleet: Definition & Lesson. The following objectives will be covered:

  • View a diagram of various types of precipitation
  • Learn how the National Weather Service defines heavy sleet
  • Identify the layer of atmosphere where precipitation occurs