What Do Raindrops Really Look Like?

Published on October 6, 2018
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What do raindrops look like? Exactly how we drew them as kids, right? Wrong! Teardrop-shaped rain is physically impossible. This week I went inside a vertical wind tunnel to bring you the true shape of rain.

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REFERENCES:

Dr. Scot Martin, Laboratory of Environmental Chemistry at Harvard University https://www.seas.harvard.edu/directory/smartin

Terminal Velocity of Raindrops Aloft
https://journals.ametsoc.org/doi/10.1175/1520-0450%281969%29008%3C0249%3ATVORA%3E2.0.CO%3B2

The Terminal Velocity of Fall for Water Droplets in Stagnant Air
https://journals.ametsoc.org/doi/pdf/10.1175/1520-0469%281949%29006%3C0243%3ATTVOFF%3E2.0.CO%3B2

Single-Drop Fragmentation Determines Size Distribution of Raindrops
https://www.nature.com/articles/nphys1340

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