Can you tell me the difference between drizzle, sprinkle, showers, rain and soakers?

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by Jeff Renner

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Posted on June 27, 2012 at 10:49 PM

Can you tell me the difference between drizzle, sprinkle, showers, rain and soakers?

Drizzle (or mist) falls from flat stratus clouds (called nimbo-stratus when they produce precipitation)...are generally 1/2 of a millimeter in diameter (or less)...and the rate of rainfall is generall 0.03"/hour or less. Rain also falls from nimbo-stratus clouds...but falls at a rate of 0.04"/hour or more...and the raindrops have a diameter greater than 1/2 of a millimeter. Showers fall from puffy, towering Cumulo-nimbus clouds...and are very localized...unlike rain. A sprinkle is simply a popular term for a light shower...while a soaker is a slang term for a heavy shower.

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