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    I am currently having a heated debate about the terminology in regards to the differing variations of rain and it's order eg. drizzle, spitting etc. Could sombody please help me out.


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    Really? About rain? Think about it in this way: There are many forms of precipitation (water falling from the sky). This falling water is either ice or liquid and mixtures thereof. The terms you are in a heated debate about is simply that: terms. Without proper definitions of each and every term (go check on a meteorological website or Wikipedia), they can be arbitrarily assigned at will by laymen and the precise definitions will vary widely.


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    Spitting is less continuous than drizzle, though the drops tend to be larger. As a native of the west coast of Scotland I consider myself an expert on rain. :wink:
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    I think anyone from the UK can consider themselves somewhat of a rain expert. but yes, Ophiolite, coming from Scotland, I would consider you a grand master!
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    Catagories of liquid precipitation depend on size.

    Fog and mist are droplets so small they're suspended.

    Drizzle droplets are larger than mist, large enough to fall, but smaller than rain droplets. Generally falling and less than 0.5mm diameter. Also it's possible to have heavy drizzle--lots and lots of tiny falling droplets.

    Rain of course is larger falling droplets.

    A common mistake is confusing light rain with drizzle.
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    Rain can be

    Drizzling

    mizzling

    Smurry or smirry (Scottish-fine mist)

    Teeming

    Torrential

    Pissing

    Spitting

    Spotting

    Chucking it down

    Coming down in buckets or sheets or cats and dogs

    A shower

    A downpour

    Deluge

    Drencher

    Soaker

    Cloudburst

    plash or platter

    Splashing and splatter

    dropping or dripping


    (Many of these words are Scottish in origin!)
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    In Houston, when it rains so hard the sewers back up it's called a turd floater.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bunbury
    In Houston, when it rains so hard the sewers back up it's called a turd floater.
    I was in Houston last week, but the only turds were on the freeways. :wink:
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bunbury
    In Houston, when it rains so hard the sewers back up it's called a turd floater.
    In the Bombay monsoon when that happens (on average once a year), the sight to see is the state of the local railway - I remember one year jumping off a stranded train and recoiling in horror: only the shiny tops of the tracks were unsubmerged and they were covered with cockroaches, beetles, rats and other denizens of the depths doing their best to keep their heads above water...

    I didn't give the phenomenon a name.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bunbury
    In Houston, when it rains so hard the sewers back up it's called a turd floater.
    Houston is starting to smell a lot like France
    "It's no wonder that truth is stranger than fiction. Fiction has to make sense." - Mark Twain
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