How Fast Do Raindrops Fall?

Have you ever wondered how fast do raindrops fall? How long does it take for rain to reach the ground?

Let’s find out.

The speed of a raindrop depends on its size. The largest raindrops are about a quarter of a inch (0.65cm) and they fall at a speed of 20mph (32kmph). Smallest raindrops fall at a rate of 2mph (3.2kmph). This means that a large raindrop takes about 4 minutes to reach the earth when falling from a midlevel cloud (2000m from the earth’s surface). (the article continues after the ad)

By the way, even though we draw raindrops as a teardrop in order to give the image of falling, this is not the case. Raindrops are more shaped like a hamburger bun: they are flattened by the drag forces of the air as they are falling through.

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