What is precipitation?

The definition of precipitation is any form of water - liquid or solid - falling from the sky. It includes rain, sleet, snow, hail and drizzle plus a few less common occurrences such as ice pellets, diamond dust and freezing rain.

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Last updated: 6 January 2016

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What is precipitation?
What is precipitation? What are the different types of precipitation? In this film James Chubb looks at some of this extreme weather and explains how rain, hail and snow forms.