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Facts and trivia on rain

on Wednesday, 07 October 2015. Posted in Columns, Opinions

The rainfall last weekend brought to mind thoughts of staying dry.

  • There’s a scientifically proven way to get less wet in the rain, reports “Reader’s Digest.” Run! Henry Reich, the brains behind the YouTube Channel MinutePhysics, explains, the faster you get out of the rain, the drier you’ll be, regardless of the additional raindrops you run into.
  • Historical facts on the recent rainfall from the National Weather Service: Charleston, South Carolina, got up to 11.5 inches of rain on Saturday, making it the wettest day on record for that city.
  • One downtown area in Columbia received nearly 17 inches of rain in 17 hours and it was still raining.

Some facts about rain from

  • Rain can fall up to 22 miles per hour.
  • Rain isn’t a teardrop shape, it’s actually ovular.
  • One droplet of rain stays in Earth’s atmosphere for about 10 days.
  • More information about rain from
  • The highest amount of rainfall ever recorded in 24 hours is 182.5 centimetres (71.9 inches) in Foc-Foc, La Réunion. This occurred during tropical cyclone Denise on Jan. 8, 1966.
  • The highest amount of rainfall ever recorded in one year is 25.4 meters (1,000 inches) in Cherrapunji, India.
  • Antarctica is the driest continent on Earth.
  • One inch of rain equals 10 inches of snow in water content.


  • The place with the most number of rainy days per year is Mount Wai’ale’ale on Kauai, Hawaii – up to 350 days.
  • The longest time that a place remained without rain was Arica, Chile – from October 1903 to January, 1918 – 14 years!
  • In the tropical rainforest it gets about 80 to 400 inches of rain yearly. If it is raining really hard, it gets about 2 inches of rain per hour.
  • Remember the movie “Singin’ in the Rain?” Well, according to movie trivia on, that song with Gene Kelly took all day to set up and he was ill (some say with a fever over 101). When the set was ready, Kelly insisted on doing a take, even though the blocking was only rudimentary (starting and ending positions only), and the director was ready to send him home. He ad-libbed most of it and it only took one take, which is what you see on film.

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