04 Apr 2013
April 4, 2013

Does Rain Have a Scent?

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How many times have you heard someone say, “It smells like rain”, just before a rain? What causes it and does rain have a smell? No, it doesn’t. The sweet, earthy scent that hangs in the air just before a shower is on it’s way, is described a s pleasant, but it’s source may come as a surprise. The smell actually comes from bacteria in the ground, oils found on trees and plants amplified by damp conditions and rain water. Cool, dry air cannot carry odors well, but moist humid air can. The conditions in the atmosphere at the time of a shower help magnify aromas that are always there but go unnoticed…like earthy soil, fresh cut grass, and blossoming flowers. The same can be said about snow (only slightly different), people swear they can smell snow before it comes.


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