Is spring rain skinnier than winter rain...there seems to be a difference to me?

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by Jeff Renner

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Posted on May 16, 2012 at 4:14 PM

Is spring rain skinnier than winter rain...there seems to be a difference to me?

The size of raindrops depends upon several factors, especially cloud water content (the amount of water in a cloud...either ice, liquid or water vapor)...and turbulence (the amount of up and down motion). Winter clouds here in the coastal Pacific Northwest do have high liquid water contents. We can consider them 'super-sized'. However, the turbulence in spring showers can also lead to very big drops...so are winter rain drops fatter than spring rain drops? Not necessarily! It may just be the seemingly unrelieved string of gray, wet days that makes it seem that way!

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