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First Splash!

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Welcome to Blog@Rainstations! I hope you enjoy this Blog, maybe learn something new or feel compelled to contribute your own experience, images, knowledge or creations around RAIN.

In this first Blog, I want to focus, with a series of basic questions, on “What is RAIN?”

By definition it is “a form of precipitation consisting of water droplets that fall from the clouds”.

This can be further clarified in terms of size of droplets. For RAIN, the drops of water are generally larger than 0.5mm in diameter. But does RAIN also encompass Freezing RAIN, Drizzle and Freezing Drizzle, where droplets are generally less than 0.5mm? This we will explore in later blogs…

Teardrops?….

Now we might picture in our minds these droplets, perhaps as teardrops. This is accurate if they are the raindrops clinging to a twig, leaf or umbrella rim at the precise moment they are about to detach themselves and fall by gravity to the ground. But as Gavin Pretor-Pinney points out in his excellent best selling book “The Cloud Spotter’s Guide” this is indeed a misconception of a solitary raindrop. They start out life as pretty much perfect spheres and once they have grown enough fall and are distorted by the air resistance and look more like “the top half of hamburger buns”.

To zoom in, and question where do raindrops come from? Most RAIN starts out as snow. This explains why the clouds forming RAIN must be deep or sufficiently high to be cold enough for snow. It is possible to obtain small amounts of RAIN from warm clouds but  the majority of RAIN falls from nimbostratus or cumulonimbus clouds. Again, here, so many more questions and ideas to explore!

Crystal Parachutes….

But for now, to zoom in further, we enter the realms of chemistry. As it is virtually impossible for water molecules to fuse together to form the nucleus of a raindrop we are looking at the ice crystal formations as the starting point and the saving grace of the raindrop. For it is these crystal formations that act as ‘parachutes’ allowing the potential raindrops to fall at lower heights and where frictional forces  do not break up the droplets which we then can individually experience in countless ways!

These are the simple yet unique, known yet misread, droplets falling on the world over, everyday, as RAIN. This I find intriguing and beautiful, and how we relate to these drops worth exploring!©

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  1. Xoanxo

    A True Lovers Tale by Xoanxo

    Let me write you a new love song
    to show you that all is not yet lost,
    a story of true love between a lonely tear,
    and a fallen rain drop…

    Let me write you a new love song
    of two travelers who found themselves when lost…
    One came from a close-by lonely heart,
    the other from a faraway shore…

    Of how they met sliding down your face,
    at the end of a painful rainy day…
    I’ve come a long way
    from a distant dark sky
    to slide down by your side
    One said…

    I , from a sorrowful soul…
    Who feels often lost and alone,
    born to heal the broken heart
    of the one who seeks my love,
    before I turn to trail of salt…

    You feel very warm and sad,
    the rain drop softly said,
    and you…Cold as ice,
    the tear gently replied…

    Will you share this lonely path
    so I can warm you in my embracing arms?
    I have been to the ground and back many times,
    just to hear you say that!

    Let me write you a new love song
    to show you that all is not yet lost,
    a story of true love between a lonely tear,
    and a fallen rain drop…

    Let me write you a new love song
    Of when two lovers became one
    how they faced their final jump…
    As they held each other tight
    just before they hit the ground…

    As the moon and stars hid away above the new blue velvet day
    the early sun rays found them lying down in silent embrace…
    And wearing a smile, they kindly kissed them before they finally said…
    We’ve come to take you away so we can turn you into breathing air

    And although many years have gone by
    many people still say
    that if you cry on a rainy day
    You should not cover your face
    so we can all breathe lover’s air

    Let me write you a new love song
    Of two travelers who found themselves when lost…
    One came from a close-by lonely heart…
    The other from a faraway shore…

    https://xoetry.wordpress.com/2015/02/21/a-true-lovers-tale/

    1. marzac4

      Thank-you for sharing this! This is enchanting…would definitely recommend listening to:
      https://soundcloud.com/xoanxo-cespon/true-lovers-tale
      The music adds another dimension.

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