I have always been fascinated about sky water. This is because it makes the atmosphere cool and it gives this happy feeling. So a day came and I stood by the window pane, watching how the drops splashed and splattered on it. My quest to know more about this peculiar side of nature gave birth to this piece. Let’s go!!!
1). SKY WATER DROPS HAVE THE SHAPE OF A HAMBURGER. Though rain drops seem to be spherical, as it falls, it becomes less spherical in shape and becomes more flattened on the bottom like a hamburger bun.
2). RAIN DROPS TAKE SOMETIME TO HIT THE GROUND.
The actual height and size of sky water drops differ according to the climate. But following an average speed of 14mph and an average cloud height of 2500 feet, it would take two minutes for a rain drop to hit the ground. It will be interesting to know that very small rain drops can take as long as seven minutes to reach the ground. So, you see, rain drops do not fall at the same time as they seem to appear.
3). SKYWATER DROPS ARE NOT REALLY THE PUREST FORM OF WATER.
Over time, sky water drops have been believed to be the purest form of water but every rain drop has some impurities. Let me show you how: We all know that the sun’s heat causes water from plants, lakes and other water sources to turn into vapour. But the thing we don’t know is vapour can’t condense into droplets of water on its own. Dust particles are like the force in which these drops of water needs to condense and these dust particles are called Cloud Condensation Nuclei. So as rain drops fall, they absorb other dust particles and gases. This, rain water is dirtier in more polluted atmospheres. They also pick up pollutants and water soluble gas molecules along the way. This makes rain an effective air cleaner.
In summary, how pure rain drops are depends on the location, since the substances found in the atmosphere over a particular location influence the composition of the rain drops there.
4). IT RAINS EVERYWHERE.
Actually, as surprising as it maybe, do you know that it rains in other planets. Though looks a lot different as it rains sulphuric acid in Venus and diamonds in Saturn. Here you even heard of the beautiful blue exo planet HD where it rains glass?
5). RUNNING CAN HELP YOU REDUCE THE POSSIBILITY OF GETTING WET IN THE RAIN:
Despite the continuous droplets of sky water, it might seem that the more you run, the more wet you’re likely to get. But the thing is the amount of rain striking the top of your head each second depends on only how hard its raining. It will also help you get to shelter quicker, minimizing your exposure to rain and keeping you drier.
6). RAIN ACTUALLY HAS A SMELL:
The scent of rain can be described as PETRICHOR. It is the term coined by Australian Scientists in 1964 to describe the unique smell associated with sky water. The word was coined from the Greek word PETRA meaning ‘Stone’ and ICHOR which in Greek mythology refers to as ‘the golden fluid that flows in the veins of the immortables.’ So , you see rain can be tasteless but it is scenty.
7). SKYWATER DOESN’T ALWAYS MAKE THE GROUND WET: In dry hot places,rain sometimes evaporates before it hits the ground. This is called the PHANTOM RAIN. The phantom rain is a natural phenomenon in which rain evaporates before it reaches the ground and it is very characteristic of desert. When a phantom rain falls, it forms a virga cloud; a tall or wisp extending from a cloud in a downward position. Virga often appears in streaks or shafts extending from the bottom of clouds. Virga clouds can be seen in deserts where low humidity and high temperature can cause rain to evaporate shortly after being released by the clouds.
In conclusion,nature has more to it than we even know. Either way, let’s learn to appreciate and value it because it is comes with various forms of beauty.