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10 Facts about Rain

1.Rain is liquid or solid precipitation falling from the clouds in the sky.

  • Liquid precipitation include rain,drizzle and freezing rain.
  • Solid precipitation includes hail,snow,sleet and ice pellets.

2.Rain is important for survival.
              Rain is the only source of freshwater for many cultures where rivers and lakes are not easily accessible. It provides water for agriculture,cooking,industry,hygiene and electric power. 

3.Weather radar is used by meteorologists to estimate its type (rain, snow, hail etc.) and also to detect, locate, and measure the amount of rain.

4.Rain gauge (also known as an udometer, pluviometer, or an ombrometer ) is  used by meteorologists to  to measure rain in a certain amount of time. 

5.Animal Rain - a strange meteorological event

  • In 1894, newspapers in Bath, England, reported a rain of tadpoles.
  •  In 2009, a storm brought a rain of minnows down on Ishikawa, Japan.
6.Methane Rain

Rain also forms on other planets besides Earth. On Saturn's moon Titan, precipitation is not water, but methane. Titan received so much rain in 2009 that a new methane lake, four times as large as Yellowstone National Park, was formed.

7.Rain is colorless.The shape of raindrops is  different from the shape of teardrops.

"Small raindrops (radius < 1 millimeter (mm)) are spherical; larger ones assume a shape more like that of a hamburger bun. When they get larger than a radius of about 4.5 mm they rapidly become distorted into a shape rather like a parachute with a tube of water around the base --- and then they break up into smaller drops."refer more

8.Raindrops falls on the earth and sometimes forms concentric rings of ripple.

concentric rings Of ripple.

9.Acid rain is mainly caused by the pollution (release of sulphur dioxide and nitrogen oxides into the air) from factories and power stations.

10.The smell or scent of rain is called petrichor. It is caused by geosmin,a compound in the soil.


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