Search This Blog

Sunday, 25 June 2017

Rain

RECORDS

A low-pressure system that redeveloped off the New South Wales coast dumped a record 328 millimeters (13 inches) of rain in a day on Sydney, Australia in 1986.

The most rain ever recorded in one minute was 1.23 inches in Unionville, Maryland, on July 4, 1956.

In 1923 it rained on the Hebridean island of Islay for 89 days in a row — a British record.

Surprisingly, the continent that receives the lowest amount of rain and snow is Antarctica.

The largest raindrops ever recorded, between 8.8 mm and 1 cm, were observed by scientists in the clouds above Brazil (1995) and the Marshall Islands (1999).


The wettest spot in the world is located on the island of Kauai in the Hawaiian Islands.. Mount Waialeale consistently records rainfall at the rate of nearly 500 inches per year.

WORDS AND PHRASES 

The phrase 'take a rain check' originated in the custom of issuing spectators with a ticket for another game if the baseball match for which they had paid was interrupted or cancelled because of rain.

"Petrichor" is a term for the way it smells outside after rain. It was coined in 1964.

FUN RAIN FACTS

The "petrichor" smell is caused by oils secreted by plants becoming trapped in bubbles which form and then explode as the rain hits the ground.

The average raindrop falls at 7 miles per hour.


Very hard rain would pour down on you at the rate of 18-20 mph.

On average Monday is the least rainy day of the week. This is thought to be a result of man-made pollution decreasing over the weekend.

That odor after rain is caused by bacteria called actinomycetes.

Rain contains vitamin B12.

Sources Daily Express, Europress Encyclopedia.


No comments:

Post a Comment