Rain is liquid precipitation, as opposed to non-liquid kinds of precipitation such as snow, hail and sleet. Rain requires the presence of a thick layer of the atmosphere to have temperatures above the melting point of water near and above the Earth's surface. On Earth, it is the condensation of atmospheric water vapor into drops of water heavy enough to fall, often making it to the surface. Two processes, possibly acting together, can lead to air becoming saturated leading to rainfall: cooling the air or adding water vapor to the air. Precipitation forms via collision with other rain drops or ice crystals within a cloud. Rain drops range in size from oblate, pancake-like shapes for larger drops, to small spheres for smaller drops.

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Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical QuotationsEdit

Quotes reported in Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations (1922), p. 655.
  • We knew it would rain, for the poplars showed
    The white of their leaves, the amber grain
    Shrunk in the wind,—and the lightning now
    Is tangled in tremulous skeins of rain.
  • A little rain will fill
    The lily's cup which hardly moists the field.
  • She waits for me; my lady Earth,
    Smiles and waits and sighs;
    I'll say her nay, and hide away,
    Then take her by surprise.
  • How it pours, pours, pours,
    In a never-ending sheet!
    How it drives beneath the doors!
    How it soaks the passer's feet!
    How it rattles on the shutter!
    How it rumples up the lawn!
    How 'twill sigh, and moan, and mutter,
    From darkness until dawn.
  • Be still, sad heart, and cease repining;
    Behind the clouds the sun is shining;
    Thy fate is the common fate of all,
    Into each life some rain must fall,
    Some days must be dark and dreary.
  • And the hooded clouds, like friars,
    Tell their beads in drops of rain.
  • The day is cold, and dark, and dreary;
    It rains, and the wind is never weary;
    The vine still clings to the mouldering wall,
    But at every gust the dead leaves fall,
    And the day is dark and dreary.
  • The ceaseless rain is falling fast,
    And yonder gilded vane,
    Immovable for three days past,
    Points to the misty main.
  • It is not raining rain to me,
    It's raining daffodils;
    In every dimpled drop I see
    Wild flowers on distant hills.
    • Robert Loveman, April Rain, Appeared in Harper's Magazine (May, 1901). Erroneously attributed to Swama Rama, who copied it in the Thundering Dawn, Lahore.
  • He shall come down like rain upon the mown grass.
    • Psalms. LXXII. 6.
  • I bring fresh showers for the thirsting flowers,
    From the seas and the streams;
    I bear light shade for the leaves when laid
    In their noonday dreams.
  • I know Sir John will go, though he was sure it would rain cats and dogs.
  • The Clouds consign their treasures to the fields;
    And, softly shaking on the dimpled pool
    Prelusive drops; let all their moisture flow,
    In large effusion, o'er the freshen'd world.

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