Rain, Rain Go Away; Come Again Another Day (But Not In October Half Term, Please)

23 Aug
Amazon Rainforest created by משתמש:בן הטבע

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Tory Boy says my posts have been dry recently; so here’s a wet one.



  • If you are a UK resident this is a good site for the rain forecast.  Or you could just look out your window.
  • Rainfall is classified as light if not more than 0.10 inch per hour, and heavy if more than 0.30 inch per hour.
  • If the earth were a body, the Amazon rainforest would be its lungs, and it’s got emphysema.  Rainforests used to cover 14% of the earth; now it’s only 6%.  Forty more years and it’s Hello Gobi.  Dull as he is, Sting is on to something.
  • A single pond in Brazil can sustain a greater variety of fish than is found in all of Europe’s rivers. 
  • Raindrops can fall at up to 22miles per hour.
  •  Louisiana is the wettest state in the US; 56 inches a year.
  •  One single tree in Peru was found to have forty-three different species of ants.  Okay, they can chop that one down as far as I’m concerned.
  • There is a famous actor called Rain.  Heard of him?  Me neither.
  • Acid Rain is a real phenomenon; natural precipitation reacts chemically with air pollutants and becomes acidic.  Ouch.  We’re poisoning the ecosystem.  Where’s Sting when you need him?
  • Made out of copper, the Statue of Liberty is corroding because of acid rain; the acid discolours and dissolves the copper.
  • Mt. Waialeale in Kauai, Hawaii, has up to 350 rainy days every year.  If you think that’s a lot, try living in Stockport.

  • Raindrops change shape as they fall.
  • The world’s heaviest average rain fall (about 430 inches) occurs in Cherrapunji, India, where as much as 87 feet of rain has fallen in one year.
  • Rain that freezes before it hits the ground is known as frozen rain.  I got that from a site called ‘Interesting facts about rain.’  I should sue them under the Trades Description Act.

  • All the water in the world is all the water we will ever have. The rain and floods we are experiencing are like sloshing drinks from one glass to another; that must make the people of Pakistan feel a whole lot better.
  • The umbrella started life as a parasol.                                                                                                                                                         
  • You can make your own rain!  From http://www.essortment.com/all/kidsweatherrai_rsdj.htm 


If you want to make some rain, here is what you do: 1. Fill a glass about half full of water.
2. Cover the glass tightly with some plastic wrap.
3. Put a rubber band around the glass to hold the wrap in place. Make sure there are no holes in the wrap over the top of the glass.
4. Put the glass of water in the refrigerator.
5. Wait one or two hours and check the glass. When you see water droplets on the inside of the glass on the plastic, you know your experiment is working.  The longer you wait, the
more water droplets will form. You can even wait until the next day.
6. When you see plenty of droplets, take the glass out of the refrigerator and set it on the table or counter, or some other place where it won’t be in the way.
The water has evaporated up to the top of the glass where the plastic is. The plastic is kind of like clouds. Pretty soon, as the glass begins to warm up, the plastic will have more water than it can hold onto, and the drops will rain back into the glass. YOU JUST MADE RAIN!

Here is another way to make rain. This works very quickly, but YOU WILL NEED AN ADULT OR BIGGER PERSON TO HELP YOU. 1. Take a glass measuring cup and put 6 to 8 ounces of hot water into it.  Do not use a regular drinking glass, because it may break. The water needs to be very hot. Near boiling is best.
2. Cover the measuring cup with plastic wrap.
3. Put a rubber band around the cup to hold the plastic in place. Make sure there are no holes in the wrap covering the top of the cup.
4. Set the measuring cup where it won’t be in the way. The plastic may bulge up a little.  In about five minutes, you will see water droplets on the inside of the cup on the plastic. 5. Put the cup in the refrigerator and wait a few minutes. Take the cup out and you will see the droplets begin to fall from the plastic back into the cup. You might want to tap the plastic to make the droplets fall. YOU JUST MADE MORE RAIN!  



8 Responses to “Rain, Rain Go Away; Come Again Another Day (But Not In October Half Term, Please)”

  1. vivinfrance August 23, 2010 at 11:07 #

    Too much information on a day like today here in waterlogged Normandie. BTW I learned about Cherrapunji at junior school. I wonder if it’s still true.


    • tillybud August 23, 2010 at 11:34 #

      I think it is.


  2. slpmartin August 23, 2010 at 16:05 #

    In sunny Southern California rain is a brief winter event…interesting facts in the post.


    • tillybud August 24, 2010 at 08:11 #

      I remember when I lived in South Africa I used to feel homesick for rain…poor fool I.


  3. flo August 23, 2010 at 23:17 #

    Tilly! You have to get out more. Even if it’s raining.


    • tillybud August 24, 2010 at 08:12 #

      I will, but I’m waiting for my boat.


  4. Musings August 24, 2010 at 03:01 #

    My husband (who worked for the U.S. E.P.A.) used to come to my class and tell them that they were drinking the same water as the dinosaurs. That always got their attention.


    • tillybud August 24, 2010 at 08:13 #

      Aw! I meant to include that bit! I saw it on a children’s website but I had so many problems with formatting yesterday that I forgot.

      What’s E.P.A.?


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