10 Facts about Rain10 Facts about Rain


Let's face it rain is something that not a lot of us desire. People that live in areas with frequent rainfall most of the time detest it, while those that live in very hot, humid areas probably welcome it with open arms. For every minute of every day, 1 billion tons of rain falls on the Earth. Rain plays a key role in the cycle of returning water back to our earth. So it is obvious that we need rain in order for the world to continue functioning. The technical name for rain is precipitation, and this also includes hail and snow.Read on to find out some more interesting facts about rain.



Top Facts about Rain

1. The umbrella was originally invented to protect people from the hot sun.

2. Rain drops can fall at speeds of about 22 miles an hour. To take this into
perspective, a
snowflake falls at about 2-4 mph can take about 1 hour to finally
reach the ground.

3.Rain starts off as ice or snow crystals at cloud level. A droplet of water will stay in Earth’s atmosphere for around 10 days.

4. Light rain is classified as being no more then 0.10 inchese of rain an hour. Rainfall observations and
records are made by thousands of stations throughout the world.
Rainfall is measured, in terms of inches or millimeters of depth.

5. Heavy rain is classified as being more then 0.30 inches of rain an hour. If droplets are very small
they are typically known as drizzle.

6. Louisiana is the wettest state in the U.S, which receoved an annual rainfall of 56 inches. But on average there are over 1500 thunderstorms occurring on earth with 100 lightning strikes per second. You
have about a one and thee million chance in being struck by lightning and during a hurricane, almost 100% of people that die end up drowning.

7. Rain drops range in size from 0.02 inches to about .031 inches. About an inch of rain water is equak to about15inches of dry snow.

8. Rain drops do not fall in a tear drop shape, they originally fall in the shave of a flat oval.

9. Rain that freezes before it hits the ground is known as frozen rain.

10. Rain is recycled water that evaporated from our worlds lakes, rivers, oceans, seas etc. Once evaporated the water will eventually fall as precipitation and a droplet of water may travel thousands of miles throughout this process.