Why Does It Rain?


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What is a low pressure system?

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1. On Oahu, Hawaii, the large Koolau Mountain Range divides the island in half. Driving from the leeward coast you enter the windward side. What type of weather would you expect to experience on the windward coast?

2. Which of the following is a reason rainfall occurs?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Questions on the quiz and worksheet will assess your understanding of the various reasons it rains. You must also be familiar with other rain-related terminology.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Questions test knowledge of:

  • What happens in clouds that causes rain
  • Why rainfall occurs
  • Low pressure systems

Skills Practiced

  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer a question about the weather you can expect when on the windward coast of a given mountain range
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding the rainy weather that comes with a cold front
  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the lesson on rain

Additional Learning

Why Does is Rain? is a lesson that will teach you about the causes of this type of precipitation. The objectives covered include:

  • Understand how temperature change affects precipitation
  • Define rain
  • Distinguish between high and low pressure systems