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Rain is part of the water cycle, in which "rain falls from the clouds, evaporates, and turns into moisture in the air, which then condenses to form new clouds and thus begins the cycle once again."[1] Rain is composed of droplets of water called raindrops.


Water falling from the atmosphere as rain, snow, sleet, or hail.[1]

Precipitation also refers to the process by which a solute leaves a solution and returns to its solid phase.


Rainfall refers to the act of precipitation, usually including raindrops. Rainfall occurs more frequently in rain forests. Rainfall occurs much less frequently in deserts, such as the Atacama Desert and the Sahara Desert.

The Hydrological Cycle

Scientifically speaking, rain is a form of precipitation.

Rain is formed when water vapor condenses within clouds. As the small droplets merge, they become too heavy to remain suspended in the cloud and fall to the surface as rain.

Rain in Poetry and Song

The association between rain and spiritual beings is found in poetry and song.

  • Love is but a song we sing, fear's the way we die; you can make the mountains ring or make the angels cry." ("Let's Get Together", Chet Powers)
  • The Fairy Glade [2]

See also


  1. Wile, Dr. Jay L. Exploring Creation With Physical Science. Apologia Educational Ministries, Inc. 1999, 2000