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Why raindrops are different sizes

2009/07/21

This is the sort of thing that keeps me up nights. Seriously.

Anyway, hooray for science, the riddle is solved:

Basically, the drop flattens out and then starts to deform like a bubble. That pops into different sized droplets. At least for larger drops. We are still at a loss for drizzle and finer rain. But, hey, all of the universe’s riddles can’t be solved with a high speed camera. If you want to see it in action, the story has a video of the process that’s pretty sweet.

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