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What Makes Rain Smell So Good?

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#1    Still Waters

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Posted 03 April 2013 - 07:12 PM

Step outside after the first storm after a dry spell and it invariably hits you: the sweet, fresh, powerfully evocative smell of fresh rain.

If you’ve ever noticed this mysterious scent and wondered what’s responsible for it, you’re not alone.

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Posted 03 April 2013 - 07:17 PM

The rain in the arid climates smells the best to me.  It's cleansing the atmosphere of all that dust.  Love the earthly scent.


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Posted 03 April 2013 - 08:43 PM

then the LORD God formed the man of dust from the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living creature. ;)

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Posted 03 April 2013 - 09:51 PM

I've never smelt anything nice after a rain. :unsure2:

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Posted 03 April 2013 - 10:34 PM

I love this smell! I notice it most right before it rains, or while it's raining.  Yesterday was weird.  At one point when I was outside the sun was shining, fresh snow was blowing around and it was all combined with that really strong spring rain smell.  It was very windy so I think it was raining nearby or something, but it was a nice reminder that Spring is coming...


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Posted 03 April 2013 - 10:39 PM

On an episode of Doctor Who, the Tardis (in female form) said what the smell was but I forgot the name for it. It starts with a p I remember that much.

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Posted 03 April 2013 - 10:58 PM

View PostRocketgirl, on 03 April 2013 - 10:39 PM, said:

On an episode of Doctor Who, the Tardis (in female form) said what the smell was but I forgot the name for it. It starts with a p I remember that much.
Petrichor.


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Posted 03 April 2013 - 11:49 PM

View Postsarah_444, on 03 April 2013 - 10:58 PM, said:

Petrichor.

That was it...thank you!!!

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Posted 04 April 2013 - 12:13 PM

I love the smell too. I just wish we didn't get so much rain while other countries don't get enough.

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Posted 04 April 2013 - 12:26 PM

So, scientists have linked the smell of rain to that of the primal consumption of food. Not sure of the primal link, but it is interesting too, how clothes dried outside on a line, develop a nice smell.


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Posted 04 April 2013 - 03:30 PM

Petrichor.  What a good name for it.  I love the smell of the woods after the rain, and the scent of garden dirt right afterward.


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Posted 04 April 2013 - 07:00 PM

I had just assumed that rain washed all the pollen, dust and pollutants out of the air for a time leaving the fresh scent of clean, pure air in their place. You can get used to just about any smell if not too overpowering, it's like if you have a dog or cat, you may not notice the odor even clean animals can impart to your home until you have been away from home for a week. So I figured that you get used to the smells of "dirty air" and then when it rains the scent of the air changed enough to be noticed.


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Posted 05 April 2013 - 03:13 AM

Acid rain smells good i guess. I would have loved to smell rian 300 years ago emmm


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Posted 05 April 2013 - 03:15 AM

It is obvious. Rain cleans the air temporarily. There are also more negative ions in the air after a rainstorm.


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Posted 06 April 2013 - 12:22 AM

It is obvious. Rain cleans the air temporarily. There are also more negative ions in the air after a rainstorm. at 27vet what you said is true but also yeah i agree that rain does make the oils of the plants come out as well.so in reality there is more than one answer.either way i used to live in Oregon it rain often and it did smell good the air fresher and cleaner and more pure.






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