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Raindrops are shaped liked hamburger buns


Posted on Thursday, 13 February, 2014 | Comment icon 11 comments

It turns out that raindrops aren't quite the shape we thought they were. Image Credit: sxc.hu
Scientists at NASA have discovered that the traditional idea of a tear-shaped raindrop is incorrect.
The researchers found that as the moisture begins to fall it forms the shape of a small globe, but then as it descends the pressure from below pushes up on the bottom, altering its shape in to that of a hamburger bun.

"All the graphics which show raindrops shaped like tears are wrong," said NASA associate research scientist Chris Kidd. "As rain gets heavier it forms into the shape of a hamburger bun."

The research was conducted as part of NASA's Global Precipitation Measurement mission and will help scientists learn more about weather patterns.

"If you can see the shape of the raindrop you can extrapolate whether a storm is increasing in its intensity or decaying," said Dr Kidd. "In the case of flooding you can use the information to advise the emergency services and make them work more efficiently. "

Source: Telegraph | Comments (11)

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Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #2 Posted by ancient astronaut on 13 February, 2014, 19:31
I will have a double with cheese and bacon, fully dressed, thanks. Oh, and a Large curly fries also. Please, thank you.
Comment icon #3 Posted by Rye17 on 13 February, 2014, 21:02
How much was spent on this "research"?
Comment icon #4 Posted by toast on 13 February, 2014, 21:05
How much was spent on this "research"? You just have the "that money can be spend better"-card in your sleeve, don`t you?
Comment icon #5 Posted by pallidin on 13 February, 2014, 22:43
Though this is a "second-tier" finding, to be sure, still, it illuminates our further understanding of Nature. Nothing wrong with that.
Comment icon #6 Posted by toast on 13 February, 2014, 22:55
And not to forget that we have to thank the laws of physics here that raindrops have indeed the shape of a hamburger bun but not the size of it. That´s important especially during winter times.
Comment icon #7 Posted by Hobbit Feet on 14 February, 2014, 16:37
Thanks to science there are fewer mysteries that can't be explained and fewer people accused of witchcraft.
Comment icon #8 Posted by DigitalAcolyte on 15 February, 2014, 14:22
Nasa finally figured out something I had said 26 years ago... when i was 12
Comment icon #9 Posted by Junior Chubb on 27 February, 2014, 10:22
Nasa finally figured out something I had said 26 years ago... when i was 12 If only you had promoted it on a world wide scale
Comment icon #10 Posted by :PsYKoTiC:BeHAvIoR: on 28 February, 2014, 18:54
Thanks to science there are fewer mysteries that can't be explained and fewer people accused of witchcraft. And here I was expecting some witch burnings that would be on par with 16th century intellects being beheaded for saying the Earth is round.
Comment icon #11 Posted by AZDZ on 28 February, 2014, 22:01


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