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10 Shocking Facts About Rain 

We all love when it rains. The fragrance of soil, the happy environment, and the dews on trees feel so amazing. Here are some amazing facts about rain.     

Rain can be beautiful and disastrous too. Wondering how? Here are some incidents and facts that state the drawbacks of rain.

Facts About Rain 

Here’s a torrent of 10 shocking facts about Rain.

1. ‘Phantom rain’:

The raindrops that are falling from the sky make it to the ground. Certain conditions can cause raindrops can fall, but they do not reach Earth. This happens when Rain that falls from clouds disappears or becomes superfluous when it gets closer to Earth’s surface.

This case creates what’s called ‘Virga Clouds, which is the tailor wisp that extends from a cloud in an upwards direction. They are generally thought to originate beyond Cirrocumulus, Altocumulus, Altostratus, Nimbostratus, Stratocumulus, Cumulus, or Cumulonimbus clouds.

Raindrops that fall onto sandy soils or clay create tiny air bubbles forming on their surface that rise upwards and explode out from the droplet. This releases fragrance pockets that diffuse into the air, where they are carried away by the wind.

This is the reason for the familiar smell of Rain, known as ‘Petrichor.’

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3. Raindrops’ shape:

Raindrops are often depicted in the shape of teardrops. However, this is not the case in actual reality.

When raindrops from high in the atmosphere, they transform into a spherical shape when the water molecules join together with surface tension.

As they fall, their shape alters, and the air resistance causes the drop’s bottom to become flat and curving, resembling the shape of jelly beans.

4. How long does it take to get a drop of rainwater to the ground?

The exact number is a challenge. The height at which raindrops fall and their size may differ. If you take the average of 14mph and an average height of 2,500 feet, it takes just two minutes for a drop of Rain to fall on the floor.

Small raindrops can take up to 7 minutes before they reach the ground. However, larger drops can be thrown at speeds of up to 20mph.

5. The wettest region on Earth:

Mawsynram, located in the Meghalaya State of India, takes the title of the largest area of water on Earth. The state receives an incredible average of 11,971mm every year, which when you compare it to the average UK rainfall of 1,154mm is quite significant.

6. The wettest day in Britain:

On the 5th of December 2015, Honister Pass in Cumbria was submerged with 341.4mm of rain during the storm Desmond that brought widespread heavy rains and powerful winds to areas in the northern part of England and Scotland.

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7. Forecasting rainfall amounts using different kinds of clouds.

Nimbostratus clouds and cumulonimbus clouds are the two most popular types of clouds that cause Rain.

The Nimbostratus cloud is low in the sky, looking dark and grey. The cumulonimbus clouds appear like mountains and feature an eerie grey base, this kind of cloud is known as a storm cloud.

They can also bring the appearance of tornadoes and hail.

8. The raindrops of different kinds are not made from water.

Rain is also made up of methane and sulfuric acid, which is also discovered on other solar system planets.

9. How much does Rain weigh?

An inch of Rain could weigh around 226,000 pounds within one acre of land. Every minute, one billion tonnes of Rain falls onto the Earth.

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10. Dry places in the places:

London, along with Cambridge, is the UK’s dryest city.

Harrison Jones
Harrison Jones
Harrison has been a freelance financial reporter for the past 6 years. He knows the major trends in the financial world. Jones’ experience and useful tips help people manage their budgets wisely.


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