Tag Archives: Clouds

What are clouds made of?

Pluffy dark clouds and fluffy white clouds—all clouds are made of the same thing.  They are made mostly of tiny droplets of water drifting about on currents of air.  Water to make clouds comes from oceans, lakes and streams. Everywhere water is continually evaporating into the air in the form of an invisible gas called …

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Why does a fire smoke?

We’ve all see smoke rising from a bonfire or the chimneys of factories and houses. When a log in a fireplace burns, some of the burning wood is changed into invisible gases.  These hot gases, which consist mostly of water vapor and carbon dioxide.  Are very light.  They rise up the chimney and drift away …

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What causes rain?

You know rain falls from clouds.  Have you ever wondered how raindrops happen to be in clouds? Moisture is constantly evaporated from the earth’s surface by the warmth of the sun.  the invisible water vapor is carried upward by currents of warm, rising air.  As the moisture-loaded air rises it cools. As the air cools, …

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What is a heat lightning?

Heat lighting is the flashes of light produced by distant electrical storms.  The flashes of lightning occur too far away for thunder to be heard. Sometimes, on warm summer evenings, we see so-called “heat lightning”—silent flashes of light in the distant sky.  Heat lightning is really light from a flash of chain lightning that takes …

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What makes the ring around the moon?

The ring around the moon or sun is caused when the rays of light are bent and reflected by clouds of ice crystals high in the sky.  A big, shining ring of light sometimes appears around the moon.  The ring is not really around the moon—it only seems to be: The “ring around the moon” …

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