PRECIPITATION IS THE primary factor that controls the hydrologie cycle. It takes different forms, such as rain, snow, hail, sleet, drizzle, dew, and fog. It supplies most of the fresh water on the Earth. Most precipitation starts from space as snow, as the upper space is cooler. If the temperature of the surface closer to the ground is below 32 degrees F (0 degrees C), then the precipitation falls on the ground in the form of snow. If the ground and closer surface temperature is above 32 degrees F (0 degrees C), the precipitation takes the form of rain. When the air at the ground is below freezing, the raindrops can freeze while heating the ground, and that is known as freezing rain. When a ...

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