Measuring And Converting Rain vs. Snow

May 24, 2018 | Tustin

Whatever part of the country you’re in, we hope that your winter is turning into spring, and that April showers are beginning to bring May flowers. A change in the weather can be a fun opportunity to practice math skills, especially your foundations and elementary school math skills such as measuring, converting, fractions, and more. Give our word problem Wednesday challenge a try. Take your time, and when you're ready look below for the solution!


Challenge: After a bad rainstorm Joey checked his rain gauge and read 2 1/4 inches of rain. Joey wants to know how much snow the storm would have brought if it had been cold enough. If one inch of rain is equivalent to 13 inches of snow, how many inches of snow would have been left by the storm?

 

Solution: Since 1 inch of rain is equivalent to 13 inches of snow, 2 inches of rain equals 26 inches of snow. To find how much 1/4 inches of rain is in snow, we need to find 1/4 of 13. To find a quarter of a number, we can take half of a half. Half of 13 is 6 1/2, and half of that is 3 1/4 inches.

Altogether, 26 + 3 1/4 = 29 1/4 inches.