What is Winter? - Ahh, winters! BRRRRRR! Doesn't just its name make you feel cold already? Let's see what the winter season actually is and how it begins! One of the four seasons that change around the year, winters are the coldest time of the year. Winters mark their arrival after spring and before autumn. Winter starts after the winter solstice when the Sun reaches its highest position in the sky. Since the Earth is divided into two hemispheres, the arrival of winter in both the hemispheres is different. In the Northern hemisphere, the winter starts by December 21 or December 22 while in the Southern hemisphere, the winter usually starts by June 21 or June 22. In various parts of the world, winter brings cold and icy winds. Most parts of the world also experience snowfall. Children make snowmen; people take vacations and enjoy skiing. During this season, many animals also hibernate, while the deciduous trees have no leaves.
The following collection of worksheets contains a number of short reading passages covering topics associated with winter, such as snowflake formation, why it gets colder in the winter, lake effect snow, and more! Two separate answer sheets are associated with each passage. One is a multiple choice worksheet and the other is a short-answer worksheet. Instructors may choose to use either or both question sheets (answer keys are provided for all). Winter is a bit chilli to say the least. At this time of year, we see much less of the sun and we find ourselves much more tired. Snowflakes come in all sizes based on the amount of moisture and pressure. A simple inch of rain can come down as ten inches of snow.