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5 Weird Facts About Rain

Discussion in 'Off-Topic' started by Jeanh, Jul 28, 2015.

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    The least rainy place on earth isn't in the desert
    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.

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    Rain doesn't always make the ground wet
    In dry, hot places, rain sometimes evaporates before it hits the ground. Environmentalist Edward Abbey describes "phantom rain" this way: "You see curtains of rain dangling in the sky while the living things wither below for want of water. Torture by tantalizing, hope without fulfillment. Then the clouds dissipate into nothingness."

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    Not all raindrops are made of water
    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.

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    There's a scientifically proven way to get less wet in the rain

    Run! As Henry Reich, the brains behind the ÿôutubê Channel MinutePhysics Please or Register to view links, the faster you get out of the rain, the drier you'll be, regardless of the additional raindrops you run into.

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    The shape and color of clouds can help you predict rain
    Generally speaking, if you see a cumulonimbus cloud—a tall, puffy cloud that looks flat at the top— or a nimbostratus cloud, a flat low-level gray cloud—you can be fairly certain that rain is in the 24-hour forecast
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