Rain: Shape and Relation to Allergies

By: Astrometeor , 3:44 PM GMT on October 07, 2013

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So, there are some common misconceptions with rain and allergies along with the general shape of the awe-inspiring particulate. Let's start with the shape:

A water droplet is a perfect sphere. Not the tear-drop shape that has been permeating through textbooks and writings everywhere for all of history. The easiest way to demonstrate would be to look at a leaking faucet. Drip goes the drop, and oh look, it is perfectly round.



In relation to allergies, rain has always been seen as a hero to allergy-sufferers.



The common belief is that the rain washes the pollen and/or other allergens out of the air. However, that is not the case. What actually happens is that on rainy days, the rain arouses the pollen on the ground and actually gets the allergens airborne once again. The following dry period is spent on the pollen re-collecting back onto the ground again. Think of the action like punching dust or flour. What happens? Some of the particulates are splashed back up into the atmosphere, and then slowly settle back down. Same sort of thing happens with rainfall and pollen. Otherwise, after all the trees released their pollen, it would move around and settle quickly, unless you have a storm come through that provides some rain and wind to give the pollen some uplifting motions again.

Remembering this from TWC, one of the few times I have ever learned something interesting from them. Kudos to TWC for that!

As always, thanks for reading and don't be shy to comment!

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16. WunderAlertBot (Admin)
9:44 PM GMT on October 12, 2013
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15. Astrometeor
5:26 AM GMT on October 12, 2013
Automatic updates page for Phailin
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14. Astrometeor
1:56 AM GMT on October 12, 2013
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13. Astrometeor
1:55 AM GMT on October 12, 2013
Landfall is just in a few hours, Cat 5 Phailin is beginning her second EWRC, which along with land interaction, might weaken her to a Cat 4 before landfall. Unfortunately, this is too little, too late; as the storm will bring an extreme period of dangerous weather to the East Coast of India for the next couple of days. Main threats are: storm surge for the coast, high winds and torrential rains further inland.

Good luck India! You're going to need it.
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12. Astrometeor
4:59 PM GMT on October 11, 2013
Cat 5 (American standards) Phailin:

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11. Astrometeor
4:55 PM GMT on October 11, 2013
11 October 1737Some records indicate that on this date Calcutta, India was struck by a powerful hurricane while simultaneously experiencing a devastating earthquake...resulting in a death toll of 300,000. However recent research has shown that while the city was indeed struck by a terrible cyclone that day, evidence of an earthquake is slim. Also, the death toll was more likely 3,000 rather than 300,000.


11 October 1846 → The most intense Atlantic hurricane of the 19th century ravaged Havana and Key West. At Havana the entire city was demolished and at Key West 594 of the town's 600 buildings were destroyed. The storm eventually traveled up the entire U.S. East Coast and into the Canadian Maritimes.
11 October 1909 → A disastrous hurricane of at least Category 3 strength traveled from southwest to northeast up the length of the Florida Keys and through Miami, resulting in 13 fatalities and the destruction of 400 buildings. The weather station on Sandy Key was swept away.
11 October 2002 → 45 vehicles crashed on I-43 near Cedar Grove, WI. The accident was caused by speed and fog. Thirty-eight people were hospitalized and ten were killed.

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October 11, 1987:

More than thirty cities in the Upper Midwest reported record low temperatures for the date, including Waterloo IA and Scottsbluff NE where the mercury dipped to 16 degrees. Tropical Storm Floyd brought heavy rain to southern Florida, moisture from Hurricane Ramon produced heavy rain in southern California, and heavy snow blanketed the mountains of New York State and Vermont.

October 11, 1989:

Much of the nation enjoyed "Indian Summer" type weather. Nine cities in the central U.S. reported record highs for the date as temperatures warmed into the 80s and 90s. Record highs included 90 degrees at Grand Island NE and 97 degrees at Waco TX. Strong winds along a cold front crossing the Northern High Plains Region gusted to 80 mph at Ames Monument WY during the early morning.
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10. Astrometeor
7:16 PM GMT on October 10, 2013
I see I had a visitor from Bhubaneswar, India. I wish you and your companions the very best with Phailin. Going to be very bad for sure, those in the direct line of fire should probably leave for a vacation, I wouldn't even dare staying behind. Seems like the winds and the rain will be the main threat, not so much the storm surge, but time will tell.
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9. Astrometeor
5:20 PM GMT on October 10, 2013
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8. Astrometeor
5:19 PM GMT on October 10, 2013
Phailin:

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7. SPLbeater
5:01 PM GMT on October 09, 2013
Quoting 6. Astrometeor:


I had to cite my sources.


Good post even so. I agree.
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6. Astrometeor
4:58 PM GMT on October 09, 2013
Quoting 5. SPLbeater:
I had good faith in what this said until I say the "This is from TWC" on there. I am now uncertain.

By the way, Astro, you need to check your grammar in post #2. xD


I had to cite my sources.
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5. SPLbeater
4:54 PM GMT on October 09, 2013
I had good faith in what this said until I say the "This is from TWC" on there. I am now uncertain.

By the way, Astro, you need to check your grammar in post #2. xD
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4. Astrometeor
4:31 AM GMT on October 09, 2013
Quoting 3. originalLT:
Thanks Astro, very interesting!


Your welcome LT, thanks for visiting!
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3. originalLT
4:29 AM GMT on October 09, 2013
Thanks Astro, very interesting!
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2. Astrometeor
5:29 AM GMT on October 08, 2013
Quoting 1. Thrawst:
Never knew that. Thanks man.


You're most welcome.

Edit: Thanks SPL for pointing that out.
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1. Thrawst
3:46 PM GMT on October 07, 2013
Never knew that. Thanks man.
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