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Interesting Facts about the Rain

Updated on May 17, 2017
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This thunder cloud came around the corner one morning.
This thunder cloud came around the corner one morning. | Source

Interesting Facts About The Rain - Introduction

I've always loved the rain and I don't care if it gets me soaking wet. While many of my peers wished it was sunny, I found the rain quite peaceful. When I was in college (in Holland) lot of times when it was raining, I used to put on my rain suit, grab my bike and crossed the city for hours, until I literally was soaking wet and when it comes to being caught in a downpour, I am the last person you will see running for shelter.

I love to hear the rain hit the roof, when I'm working on my articles. My fascination does not end with rain, equally as interesting are storms, hurricanes and even blizzards. In this article I'll show you some interesting facts about the rain in text and photos.

In between you'll find some quotes about the rain.

Clouds that thunder do not always rain.

— Armenian Proverb

Rain Pouring Against My Front Window

Rain against the window
Rain against the window | Source

Interesting Facts About The Rain - Little Known Rain Facts

Everybody knows what rain is, but do you know where it comes from?

  • Rain is simply recycled water that has evaporated from our oceans, rivers, lakes and streams.
  • Raindrops form from ice and/or snow crystals at the cloud level. Oddly enough rain starts out as a flat oval and then as it falls it changes into the classic teardrop shape. Rain drops usually range in size from .02 inches to .031 inches.
  • This rain then can fall at speeds up to 22 MPH. Rain is typically classified into two types: light and heavy rain.
  • Light rain is considered to be an accumulation of no more than .10 inches per hour while heavy rain is anything more than .30 inches of rain per hour.

April is the cruellest month, breeding Lilacs out of the dead land, mixing Memory and desire, stirring Dull roots with spring rain.

— T. S. Eliot

Lots Of Songs About The Rain

Which song do you like the most?

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Sunshine is delicious, rain is refreshing, wind braces up, snow is exhilarating; there is no such thing as bad weather just different kinds of good weather.

— John Ruskin

Rain On The Street

Rain on the street in front of our house
Rain on the street in front of our house | Source

Do You Like The Rain?

Do you like the rain? Tell us what do you do when it's raining?

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If you want the rainbow, you've got to put up with a little rain.

— Dolly Parton

A Double Rainbow In My Backyard

Rainbow in my backyard
Rainbow in my backyard | Source

Interesting Facts About The Rainbow

A rainbow - how beautiful it might be - is in fact nothing else then the reflection of sunlight upon raindrops, which results in a spectrum of light appearing in the sky in the form of a multicolored arch. Sometimes we see only part of it, sometimes we see the whole arch and if we're very lucky there are two rainbows showing at the same time.

When you see dark clouds and the sun shining at the same time, then look for the rainbow. You'll always find the rainbow opposite of the sun. Why? Well that's how it works with reflections. It's magic and it always makes me happy when I see one. Can you imagine my country - flat as a cookie on a tray - with 1/3 earth and 3/4 sky, that when the painter of the sky is in the mood, he'll show us breathtaking rainbows, from earth to earth.

Interesting Fact:

A single rainbow always shows red on the inside and purple on the outside. When there's double rainbow however, the second one always shows the purple on the inside and the red on the outside. Have you ever noticed that? How do I know? I've just read it in the Wikipedia. Ha ha, I'm smart but I don't know everything. It all has to do with the way the light is reflected and the Wiki can explain this far better then I ever could. So if you want to know just hit the link and when you're done reading, hit the backlink and you'll be back in no time to read on.

There's this widely spread legend saying that where the rainbow touches ground, there's a pot of gold. Many have searched, but no one has ever found it as far as I know, including me.

How About That Pot Of Gold At The End Of A Rainbow?

rainbow poem
rainbow poem | Source

I don't believe in pessimism. If something doesn't come up the way you want, forge ahead. If you think it's going to rain, it will.

— Clint Eastwood

Stormy Weather

Lots of sky to see bad weather approaching
Lots of sky to see bad weather approaching | Source

Interesting Facts: Wettest Places In The USA

About 9.179 weather stations in the USA are collecting information for the NOAA's National Climatic Data Center. Not every place gets the same amount of rain.

The information below is from long-term historical averages based on the weather from 1981 to 2010.

Places In The USA With The Most Rainy Days In A Year

Days of rain in a year
Long Beach, Washington
Mt Washington, New Hampshire
Forks, Washington
Snowshoe Mountain, West Virginia
Quillayute Airport, Washington
South Fork Tolt Reservoir, Washington
Mount Mansfield, Vermont
Otis, Oregon
Marion Center, Pennsylvania
Raymond, Washington

Rainiest Places In The USA

Interesting Facts About The Rain

Interesting Facts About the Rain - Rainest Places in the US

Mobile, Ala.: 67 inches average annual rainfall; 59 average annual rainy days

Pensacola, Fla.: 65 inches average annual rainfall; 56 average annual rainy days

New Orleans, La.: 64 inches average annual rainfall; 59 average annual rainy days

West Palm Beach, Fla.: 63 inches average annual rainfall; 58 average annual rainy days

Lafayette, La.: 62 inches average annual rainfall; 55 average annual rainy days

Baton Rouge, La.: 62 inches average annual rainfall; 56 average annual rainy days

Miami, Fla.: 62 inches average annual rainfall; 57 average annual rainy days

Port Arthur, Texas: 61 inches average annual rainfall; 51 average annual rainy days

Tallahassee, Fla.: 61 inches average annual rainfall; 56 average annual rainy days

Lake Charles, La.: 58 inches average annual rainfall; 50 average annual rainy days

For more information visit the MSNBC website for more information about rainiest cities in the US

Photo is taken near my house.

There's always a period of curious fear between the first sweet-smelling breeze and the time when the rain comes cracking down.

— Don Delillo

Hurricanes And Tornadoes On Video - They Are Powerful And Frightfully Destructive

Where I live - The Netherlands - we don't actually get real big hurricanes like they frequently get in the States. Whenever I see hurricane news on the telly, I wonder why people still live in an area that gets hurricanes and tornadoes every year.

Are you getting used to those destructive storms? I really don't know if I would get used to it.

Rain is grace; rain is the sky condescending to the earth; without rain, there would be no life.

— John Updike

Acid Rain On BBC iScience

Storm With Rain Has A Powerful Force

The photo below was taken through my front window, showing the tremendous force of a stormy rain, causing the breaking off of a big branche of a beautiful Weeping Willow across the street.

Results Of A Stormy Rain

stormy rain broke a weeping willow branche
stormy rain broke a weeping willow branche | Source

Hurricanes And Tornadoes Are Dangerous Calamaties

Though hurricanes and tornadoes both are destructive powers of nature, they are two different calamaties.


Hurricanes are formed above the water of oceans in tropical areas. There are 3 different stages:

1. Up to 39 mph = Tropical Depression

2. Up to 75 mph = Tropical Storm

3. Above 75 mph = Hurricane

Hurricanes have names which are related to the places where they start. If a hurricane starts in the Indian Ocean, it's called a Cyclone.


Tornadoes are formed above land when a cold front meets a warm front. Tornadoes occor a lot in some parts of the USA, destroying everything on its path. The three stages of Tornadoes:

1. Up to 110 mph - lasting 1-10 minutes = Weak Tornado.

2. Up to 110 - 205 mph - lasting about 20 minutes = Strong Tornado.

3. Above 200 mph - lasting about one hour = Violent Tornado

If you're interested in Hurricanes and Tornadoes, don't hesitate to click one of the links below. They bring you to interesting websites.

Interesting Facts About The Rain - Tornadoes

I think God invented rain to give dead people something to complain about.

— David Brenner

Approaching Bad Weather

Approaching rain
Approaching rain | Source

Rainy Day At The Fishing Pond

I love to fish on trout and in my country that's only possible at fishing ponds. One day bad weather approached, beautiful dark clouds. I took the above photo, then turned around to see the most beautiful rainbow and if you look close you'll see it's a double rainbow.

Double rainbow at the fishing pond
Double rainbow at the fishing pond | Source

Some people are making such thorough plans for rainy days that they aren't enjoying today's sunshine.

— William Feather

Rain Clouds Are Rolling In From The Sea Arm Westerschelde In The Netherlands

rain clouds rolling in from Westerschelde
rain clouds rolling in from Westerschelde | Source

It will never rain roses; when we want to have more roses we must plant more trees.

— George Eliot

Rain Cloud Photos from where I live - I live in the South-West of The Netherlands

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For after all, the best thing one can do when it's raining is to let it rain.

— Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Raindrops on my front window - Time to write a Haiku

Haiku poem about rain
Haiku poem about rain | Source

April is the cruellest month, breeding Lilacs out of the dead land, mixing Memory and desire, stirring Dull roots with spring rain.

— T. S. Eliot

Interesting Websites With Interesting Facts About Rain

I've found some interesting websites on the internet, which you can visit if you're interested in more facts about rain.

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    • Custos Pacis profile image

      Racos Dustin 3 months ago from Europe

      That quote about pessimism really inspired me, since I am worried about the weather this weekend. I planning a trip in the mountains...I guess I should really stop worrying. Thanks ;)

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      Mari 2 years ago

      I love the rain! In fact I got fight in the rain just yesterday with a friend. I walk slow and I told her that she can go ahead of me so that she would not get as wet. We kept the same pase till we got in the car and this question came up... I said if two people got caught in the rain and both were going in the same direction except that one walked and the other ran... Which one would be much more soaked and wet? What would be your answer?

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      Lynn Klobuchar 3 years ago from Minneapolis, Minnesota

      We've had way more than normal rain here in Minnesota this year. Seems clear weather patterns are changing.

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      cmadden 3 years ago

      I, too, love curling up with a good book or falling asleep to the sound of the rain - and enjoyed reading this.

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      SavioC 3 years ago

      There's nothing that beats the feel of the season's first rain, the smell of the earth. Very interesting points about the rain. Lovely.

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      Shinichi Mine 3 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      I actually don't mind the rain and feel grateful for when it does. Great lens!

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      mel-kav 3 years ago

      Totally enjoyed your lens. Very interesting fact about the colors of a single rainbow vs a double rainbow. Well done lens.

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      NatureFan LM 3 years ago

      Great lens. Rain is extremely important to us, but only in the proper doses.

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      Lorelei Cohen 4 years ago from Canada

      I so wish that we could have some rain again here. It is scorching here as are so many parts of the US and Canada at the moment. I will certainly not complain when it starts raining again. Hope you are having a wonderful summer (or is it winter now in your part of the world?) I did not do well in social studies - can you tell?

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      Gardener Don 4 years ago

      After 7 months of winter & snow, we Canadians find rain a real treat!

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      julieannbrady 4 years ago

      I actually love the rain and will often work in my yard in the rain! In fact, I was doing that yesterday -- in the backyard picking up fallen limbs and leaves along with these finger-like seed pods. Think they came from the pine trees. When I filled my black yard bag, I came to the front and put it at the curb. I got the wildest looks from the men working on the house across the street.

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      Erin Mellor 4 years ago from Europe

      I love the rain. That's what growing up English does for you!

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      Laura Hofman 4 years ago from Naperville, IL

      Very interesting and well done lens! We need the rainy days not only for our gardens, but to really appreciate the sunny days.

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      Whatsittoyou 4 years ago from Canada

      I don't like being outside during a storm. I love sitting inside by the window watching a thunderstorm.

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      djroll 4 years ago

      Love your lens and your photos. I live in the Pacific Northwest and wouldn't want to live anywhere else at this time in my life.

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      PaigSr 4 years ago from State of Confussion

      It was not intentional but its actually raining as I am looking over this lens.

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      eightieschild 4 years ago

      I thought I was the only one who liked taking walks in the rain. Thanks for making me feel a little less weird! :)

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      VineetBhandari 4 years ago

      I love rainy season & dance of peacock

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      'Vikk Simmons 4 years ago from Houston

      Living in Houston I get plenty of opportunity to enjoy rain via storms, hurricanes, and just plain rainy days. I loved your rain quotes and this lens.

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      LiliLove 4 years ago

      I love the rain and I've enjoyed my visit here. Thank you for sharing interesting facts about the rain - awesome article!

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