Why does it rain?

RainWe get rain when there is an area of disturbance, usually associated with a low-pressure system. The water vapor in the clouds creates droplets and those droplets keep getting bigger and bigger until they fall. When they fall, it creates rain!

Why do we see lightning before we hear thunder?

Lightning

We see lightning first, because light travels faster than sound. Think of it like this, when you're watching fireworks, what happens first, seeing the bright lights of the fireworks or hearing the loud boom? Of course, you see the fireworks and then you hear the boom from them. Lightning and thunder work in the same manner.

Why is the sky blue?

The SkyThe blue colour of the sky is due to Rayleigh scattering. As light moves through the atmosphere, most of the longer wavelengths pass straight through.

However, much of the shorter wavelength light is absorbed by the gas molecules. The absorbed blue light is then radiated in different directions. It gets scattered all around the sky. Since you see the blue light from everywhere overhead, the sky looks blue.

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