10 Facts About Rain, That You Weren't Taught At School

10 Facts About Rain

Love it or loathe it, rain is something none of us could live without, rain plays a hugely important role in the water cycle, our precious Earth could last only a matter of weeks without it. I’ve gathered together some interesting facts about rain, perhaps the more we know about it, the more we’ll come to love and respect it.

Interesting Facts About Rain

  1. Rain is formed from water vapour high up in the clouds
  2. Rain begins ‘life’ as ice crystals in the clouds
  3. Rain drops fall at speeds of up to 22 miles per hour
  4. The rainest place in the world is considered to be Cherrapunji in the State of Meghalaya, in India. Its annual rainfall based on 30 years data (1931-60) is 1156.5 cm
  5. The least rainest place in the world is Atacama Desert in Chile
  6. The U.S. town Unionville, holds the record for the greatest rainfall ever in 1 minute 31.2mm (1.23′) in July 1956
  7. ‘Raindrops keep fallin’ on my head’, spent 4 weeks at the top of the Billboard Hot 100 in 1970
  8. Rain doesn’t fall in a tear ‘drop’ shape, the shape depends on their size, it looks more like a dimpled oval
  9. The biggest raindrops on earth were recorded in Brazil in 2004, the largest were10mm (0.39′)
  10. Despite its more common modern use the umbrella was originally invented to shade people from the sun
  11. Many types of animals have been reported to have ‘rained’ from the sky, most commonly frogs and fish, though mammals have been swept in to tornados in the past
  12. The roof of a ‘standard’ four bedroom house can captures more than 100,000 litres (100 cu.m) of rainwater per year
  13. When sun shines through moisture in the air or rain, a rainbow appears as the ‘white’ light from the sun can be seen to be split into its component parts – the colours of the rainbow!
  14. A rainbow is actually circular, the higher up you are the more you see of the rainbow, from a plane (or a very high mountain) the rainbow will appear circular
  15. There are 3 types of rain
  • Orographic
  • Frontal
  • Convective (known as showers)