The Umbrella Shop staff love rain. We obsess over it. Can’t get enough of it. Want to splash in it, drink it and play in it. And what kind of umbrella retailers would we be if this fact wasn’t true?

So we admit to being a bit inspired by how rain comes to be, since the details from our Grade 7 Science class might have long since forgotten. We thought we’d look a little closer at the science of precipitation so hopefully we can recruit more people to the dark side of rain worship! (If you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em, right?) Ready for your science lesson?

Whether we realize it or not, water is around us at almost all times. Each region of the world has moisture in the air, and obviously, some places more than others (we’re looking at you, Vancouver). Water can exist as vapour, liquid and solid, and as it evaporates, it clings to dust particles in the air and there you have it; clouds. Those bubbles of moisture linger around until they can’t take it anymore and must find a release.

Once the clouds are too full of moisture particles, there’s nothing left to do but let it fall. If the temperature is cold enough, precipitation releases as snow or hail, and if it’s on the warmer side, then down comes the rain.

Where is all gets quite complicated from here (wind, high and low pressure systems…we leave this up to meteorologists), we also know that once the moisture is destined for the ground, it’s time to pop up and umbrella and get outdoors to appreciate the cycle of the world and our tiny place in it!