Courtney Eilhardt

Rain, Rain, Don't Go Away

I know I’m not the only one pumped about this rain. (S/O Rick)

Here are some personal reasons why rain rules:

  1. It smells amazing when it rains
  2. I can now shamelessly listen to Christmas music (it’s just not the same when it’s hot out).
  3. HOODIES AND FLANNELS EVERY DAY
  4. Puddles to drive through

Aside from my biased opinion, here are some other weird/awesome facts about rain:

 

1. It may be covered with ice, but Antarctica gets only 6.5 inches of rain or snow per year, making it the continent with the lowest annual rainfall by far. On the other end of the spectrum, Lloro, Colombia, absorbs 534 inches of rainfall per year. North America is relatively dry by comparison, collecting 256 inches of rain annually.

2. In dry, hot places, rain sometimes evaporates before it hits the ground. Also known as “phantom rain,” it looks like curtains of rain looming above a dry ground.

3. On Venus, and other moons and planets, rain is made of sulfuric acid or methane. Even stranger: on a planet 5,000 light years away, scientists found raindrops made of iron rather than water.

4. The maximum speed of a falling raindrop can differ from 18 to 22 miles per hour. Water, for the most part, tumbles to earth at a low speed; this is on account of raindrops having special shapes that build the impact of atmospheric friction. If this atmospheric friction doesn’t act against the downpour, each drop would come down at incredible speeds and can cause a lot of harm.

 

Happy puddle jumping!

 

 

 

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