10 Facts About Rain You Never Knew AboutJanuary 27, 2020 • Get Outdoors
As Muddy Puddle Splashers, Muddy Puddlers and Master Mud Pie Makers, we love the rain and we’re certainly not scared of it. But how much do we actually know about it?
We’ve put together 10 brilliant facts about rain that you might not have known. Share them with your children for a bit of fun!
1) It rains everywhere
Did you know that it also rains on other planets? However, it looks a bit different. Head to Saturn to witness the “rain” of diamonds or to Venus to see the sulphuric acid rain (or better read about it online). Have you heard of the beautiful, blue Exoplanet HD 189733b? Beware – the daytime temperature exceeds 100 °C and it rains…glass! We prefer our good, old rain after all…
2) Rainmaking rituals – North America
Rain dance originated from the Native American tribes and some of them still perform it nowadays. The dancers believe they can invoke rain with their movements.
3) Rain of…fish
In the town of Yoro in Honduras it rains…fish! Small silver fish fall from the sky during large storms at least once a year. What is strange is that the fish are not even local to the area. Magic? Not really – there’s a scientific explanation for the “rain of fish” – supposedly, they are brought to Yoro by the sea tornadoes.
4) The driest place on Earth
We thought deserts were the driest place on Earth, but we were wrong. In fact, it’s Antarctica where it almost never rains. This remote continent only receives a few inches of rain a year.
5) Cat parade – Thailand
In Thailand, it’s believed that the cries of a female cat bring rain and the so-called Cat Processions are held in some regions of the country to cope with drought. The cat is put into a cage or a basket while the villagers splash water on it to make it cry (and make the rain come down). We were relieved to learn that sometimes the real cat is replaced with a stuffed animal.
6) Grain Rain – China
The Grain Rain is the 6th solar term in the traditional Chinese calendar. It takes place in April and means spring is over, the temperature rises and it’s going to rain…a lot! It’s the best time for agriculture and rain is celebrated as a symbol of the good rice crops.
7) Phantom rain?
In some very hot and dry regions rain doesn’t make the ground wet (it doesn’t have time!). It simply evaporates hit by the hot air. It’s sometimes described as “phantom rain”.
8) Monsoon traditions – India
In India, rain is a symbol of life and the source of abundance – no wonder why the arrival of monsoon is widely celebrated. Lots of festivals are held to welcome the rain. Monsoon is also a source of inspiration for the Indian cinema, literature and art.
9) Rain sayings and proverbs – Europe
If you live in Hungary, be careful if it rains on the 8th of June – it means it will not stop raining for the next 40 days. Another bad news – rainy 25th of May means the wine will go sour. If you spot cows laying down on the meadow in Poland, you can be sure the rain is coming! If you hear sheep bells in the French mountains…well, you guessed right – it’s going to rain. There are lots of rain sayings and proverbs in all the cultures and, funny enough, sometimes they are true!
10) Never-ending rain
Believe it or not, but there are places on earth where it rains almost non-stop. Mount Waialeale in Hawaii is the wettest spot on Earth with up to 350 rainy days a year. Better have a good pair of wellies…
Do you know other rain rituals or traditions? Leave us a comment below.