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You Asked 4 It: Why does it rain?

Eddie Garcia
Updated: August 31, 2020 02:53 PM
Created: April 08, 2018 11:00 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- Rain is as precious as gold here in the desert, and one of KOB's littlest viewers wonders where it all comes from.

"I want to know why the clouds cry and why it rains," asked Kamari Tafoya, a 5-year-old from Los Lunas.

Let's head to the water exhibit at Explora for the answer. It's a brand new exhibit to demonstrate what's called the water cycle.

There are two important things needed to make the water cycle work: the sun and water. Water can come from anywhere like oceans, ice, plants, or even you.

The first thing you need is the sun. The sun drives so many things on the planet, and what it does is heats up that water seen at the bottom of the water cycle.

Once that happens, evaporation occurs. The water starts to evaporate off the surface climbing up getting higher and higher and higher.

Once it gets to a certain level, then all that water cools down forming tiny droplets. That's where clouds come from.

Those clouds continue to fill up with more water. The clouds have to release that water.

That's how you create the rain.

Are you curious about the science of weather? Here's your chance. Just Ask 4 It! Go ahead and send your video question to Share 4 at You can ask any weather question, but be sure to keep it shorter than 15 seconds and you'll have the chance to make it on the news.

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