Posted: 30/08/2012 at 12:40
I still want to know the official difference between rain and showers and it's got nothing to do with the song 'April Showers'. It is now the end of August and yesterday the weatherman forecast 'rain followed by showers'. When I go outside and I'm getting wet do I say "This is only a shower" or do I say "This is only rain". Is rain wetter than a shower or vice versa?
Right then lets get technical, Rain is a continuous fall of water from the heavens in droplets for an unlimited time and can be defined as Light, Medium, heavy, Hissing it down or good grief launch the Dinghy. In the North it can also be a sea mist a sea fret or that b@@@@@ north sea again.
A shower on the other hand is a brief fall of water hale snow sleet, or it could include arrows bullets dust stones or sparks.
From that one would deduce Rain is a continuous fall of water and a Shower a short sharp fall of what ever takes your fancy.
Weather forecasters will say rain for a continuous fall and followed by showers short sharp bursts from the heavens, one is get your umbrella up before leaving the other hard luck you did not have time, I still think they only fall in April, the rest is just wet.