Geography KS3 / GCSE: What is the difference between rain and drizzle?

Richard Hammond demonstrates a visual technique to distinguish between drizzle and rain.

Official measurements state that drizzle measures at 0.5 millimetres compared to rain droplets, which measure two millimetres on average. A puddle surface is used to distinguish visually between the two.

If there are visible splashes, then rain is falling. If there are no splashes visible to the naked eye on the surface of the puddle, drizzle is falling.

Teacher Notes

Ask your students to use the distinction between rain and drizzle outlined in this short film to inform a weather diary.

Curriculum Notes

This topic appears in geography and physics at KS3 and KS4 in England, Wales and Northern Ireland and National 5 in Scotland. At GCSE it appears in AQA, OCR A, EDEXCEL, EDUQAS, WJEC and CCEA, in SQA at National 5.

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