Swackett Weather Fun Fact: Raindrop’s Size

Swackett Weather Fun Facts:   A raindrop’s size as it leaves a cloud is determined by several factors, including the availability of water vapor and the intensity of updrafts within the cloud.  Larger drops tend to result from the vigorous updrafts within a thunderstorm.

Swackett Weather Fun Fact: Crepuscular Rays

Swackett Weather Fun Fact: Crepuscular rays, “Jacob’s ladder”, are streaks of light or bands of sunlight shining through breaks in clouds along the horizon that gives an eye pleasing pattern of light streaks alternating with bluish streaks.

Swackett Fun Fact: How Much Does Air Weigh?

Swackett Fun Fact:  How much does air weigh?   The total weight of the atmosphere exerts a pressure of about 14.7 pounds per square inch at sea level but if you live in Denver, Colorado, which is at an elevation of about 5,000 feet, then about 12.5 pounds per square inch of air pressure.

Swackett Fun Fact: D.C. Cherry Blossoms

Swackett Fun Fact:   Did you know?  First Lady Helen Herron Taft, noted for accepting Japan’s gift of cherry trees to Washington D.C., was also noted for beautifying the city by encouraging flower clubs to add plants to the landscape.