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Why in some places, like the desert, is it very hot in the day and very cold at night?

This is because rocks (including sand) have low heat capacities (the amount of energy needed to raise their temperature). This means that they heat up easily during the day, and…

Why do you see the lightning before you hear the thunder?

The reason we almost always see the lightning before hearing the thunder is because light travels much faster than sound. Thunder and lightning happen in the same place at about…

How does hail form?

Hail stones start as water drops. A strong wind updraft blows the drops up above the freezing level in the clouds and the drops freeze. When they get heavy enough,…

How is snow made?

Snowflakes are extremely beautiful objects and it is amazing that such patterns form randomly. However, that is just how they form. As you probably know, a cloud is just water…

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