Who doesn’t love sitting and listening to the rain?
I Know that I do! Nothing better than sitting outside under your insulated patio roof listening to and watching the rain.
With the warmer weather in Queensland, this is something that you can easily do. It’s even better to sit outside when you have a screened enclosure so those nasty bugs cannot annoy you.
With the huge amounts of rain that Queensland has experienced over the past few months, I thought it would be fun to share some interesting facts about rain.
Did you know?
- Not all of the raindrops hit the ground. This happens when the raindrop evaporates as it gets closer to the Earth’s surface.
- The smell that comes from the rain is usually when the raindrops fall onto clay or dusty soils. This drop traps small air bubbles on the surface which raise upwards and burst out of the droplet. This produces pockets of scent into the air and carried by the wind.
- The shape of a raindrop is not actually a teardrop. They begin as a spherical shape and as they begin to fall the shape changes. The air resistance causes the bottom of the drop to flatten and curve.
- The time taken for a raindrop to reach the ground differs dependent on the height of the clouds. Small raindrops can take as long as seven minutes whilst larger ones can take only two minutes.
- The wettest place in the world is Mawsynram in the Maghalaya State of India. An average of just under 12,000mm of rain falls every year.
- The wettest day recorded in Australia was back in 1979. In just 24hrs an estimated 1,147mm was recorded in the SW of Cairns.
- You can predict if rainfall is going to occur by the type of clouds. Nimbostratus and cumulonimbus clouds are the two most common forms of clouds that produce rain. The Nimbostratus cloud hangs low in the sky and appears dark and grey. The Cumulonimbus clouds are usually shaped like mountains with a dark grey base – this type of cloud is a thunderstorm cloud. These clouds can also produce hail.
- Rain not only consists of water but can also be made up of sulfuric acid or methane.
- 2.5cm of rain can measure approximately 102,511 kgs in an acre of land. Every minute, one billion tons of rain falls to the Earth.
- The driest town in Australia is Coober Pedy. Here only an average of 159mm of rainfall per annum is recorded.
- The driest city in Australia is Adelaide.
Our gardens and lawns have been loving all of this rain and are beginning to flourish, but as the rain is coming to an end, any water laying around the yard can become a haven for mosquitoes to breed.
To try to stop this from happening, go around and tip out any vessels that have water laying in them, ie plant pots, buckets, kids toys etc.