Weird facts about rain

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Everyone either hates or loves rain. The thought of being inside a cozy warm blanket on a bed while hearing the drops of rain in the distance and not thinking of getting out of bed and feeling the cold anytime soon is the greatest relaxing time for some. Others despise it and hate how rain makes everything outside moist. Although rain may seem very simple, it’s quite fascinating. Rain has amazing features that no one seems to notice, one being that rain has a smell that most everyone likes. 

The smell of rain is called petrichor. Described as an earthy, fresh and musky smell that is very pleasant, it lingers shortly after it finishes raining. On top of that, sometimes a rain droplet will not touch the ground. This is called phantom rain. Phantom rain happens under certain conditions where a raindrop evaporates before it lands on the ground. This is formed by a cloud named a virga cloud. A virga cloud has a tail that is pointed in a downward direction where phantom rain comes from. Additionally, the tear-shaped raindrop people all know and love isn’t tear-shaped. It’s shaped more like a circle or a jelly bean. A raindrop is formed in a cloud after many water molecules bind together and are also held together by surface tension. When the raindrop falls, the air pressure pushes the bottom of the raindrop up and creates a jelly bean shape before it meets the ground. 

  Something else fascinating about rain is that it takes around 2 minutes for it to hit the ground once it leaves the cloud.  Using how high a cloud is in the sky, which is about 6,000 feet above the ground, with how fast rainfalls, which is around 15 to 25 miles per hour, it is calculated that it takes around 2 minutes for the rain to reach the ground. The shape and color of a cloud could help people predict if it is going to rain. Although it’s pretty hard to do, people have found a way to predict rain. Furthermore,  the clouds that spawn rain have distinctive features that separate them into several categories. For example, people could tell a cloud is a cumulonimbus cloud if it is high in the sky, puffed up and flat on the top, or if it is a nimbostratus cloud, which is a straight gray cloud in the sky. These clouds mean that rain will occur the next day or later that day. There are plenty of more odd facts about rain, but these were the oddest facts of all.