Rainfall Facts , Amazing Weather Facts
Rain that freezes before it hits the ground is known as frozen rain.
Rain drops range in size from 0.02 inches to about .031 inches.
Louisiana is the wettest state in the U.S, which receoved an annual rainfall of 56 inches.
Heavy rain is classified as being more then 0.30 inches of rain an hour.
Rain drops can fall at speeds of about 22 miles an hour.
Exmouth in Western Australia received some 322mm of rain in the first week of June 2002. 305mm of this total falling in just 24 hours on June 4.
A rainbow was visible for 6 hours (from 9am to 6pm) at Wetherby, Yorkshire (UK) on 14 March 1994. This is rare as most rainbows last for only a few minutes.
The total amount of precipitation to fall to earth in one year is 5,000 million million tones.
The amount of water held in the atmosphere at any time is sufficient to produce about 2.5cm (1 inch) of rain over the surface of the earth.
The most rain to fall in a single 24 hour period is 1,850mm (74 inches) at Cilaos (on the Indian Ocean island of Reunion) between 15 and 16 March 1952.
The Driest place in Australia is Mulka Bore, west of Lake Eyre (SA), with an average annual rainfall of 100mm (4 inches).
The driest place on earth is Wadi Halfa in Sudan, with an annual average rainfall of less than 2.5 mm (less than one-tenth of an inch).
In NSW, the wettest town is Dorrigo with an average of 2,004mm per year.
On average, the wettest town in Australia is Tully (N QLD) with an annual average rainfall of 4,204mm.
In Australia, Bellenden Kerr (NE QLD) received 11,251mm in 1979. With a massive 960mm of this total falling in just 24 hours on January 3/4.
The wettest place in the world (based on the yearly average total) is Mawsynram, India, which receives an average of 11,870mm (474.8 inches) of rain each year.
Low pressure off the Northern Pacific Coast brought rain and gale force winds to the coast of Washington State. Fair weather prevailed across most of the rest of the nation.
The famous "Pumpkin Flood" occurred on the Delaware and Susquehanna Rivers. Harrisburg PA reported a river stage of twenty-two feet. The heavy rains culminated a wet season.
A west coast hurricane moved onshore south of Los Angeles bringing unprecedented rains along the southern coast of California.
The most consistently wet place in Australia is Waratah, (TAS) with an average of 314 'rainy days' per year.
The longest dry spell of record in the U.S. commenced as Bagdad CA went 767 days without rain.
The summit is 1,569m (5,148ft) above sea level and receives over 350 days of rain each year.
The wettest place in the world is Mt Wai-'ale-'ale in Hawaii.