National Weather Service United States Department of Commerce

Date Posted: March 14, 2016

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Today we hiked up a mountain and the view was amazing! From the top of the mountain, we could see the whole water cycle. First, we saw lots of white puffy clouds. Did you know they are made of little drops of water called water vapor?

Spencer Hull

Weather changes fast on a mountain, and before we knew it, we could see a rain shower in the distance. When it falls, rain soaks into the ground or runs down the mountain into a lake or river. Water that starts as a small stream or snow at the top of the mountain will eventually make its way down to the ocean. Tomorrow we’ll learn about the things that water can pick up on its journey!

Learn more about the water cycle at or with a cool video at