USA: the biggest raindrops on Earth are like jellyfish

19.07.2004

19.07.2004


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Professor Peter Hobbs (Peter Hobbs) and his colleague Arthur Rengno (Arthur Rangno) from the University of Washington (University of Washington), flying in a plane over Brazil and a group of atolls and reefs in the northern Pacific Ocean, with a laser instrument recorded the biggest raindrops on Land diameter of 1 cm

"This is the biggest drops of rain, I've seen in 30 years of flying," said Professor Hobbs, adding that some of these droplets monsters (from 8.8 mm to 1 cm) could reach the ground.

The diameter of the usual drops — 2.1 mm, and the previous record holder 8-mm drop, recorded over Hawaii in 1986.

Scientists believe that the giant drops are formed by compacting smaller droplets to larger particles of ash, which is a consequence of forest fires.

By the way, Hobbs said that, contrary to common belief drops do not have the shape of a teardrop, but more like a parachute, or a jellyfish.

Battery News, 16/07/2004 17:36
Source: Membrana

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