maggiekb at June 2nd, 2014 20:59 — #1
robertpthompson at June 2nd, 2014 21:46 — #2
I remember reading somewhere that there's a word in French for the smell you smell when it first starts to rain, but don't remember what it is - anyone?
echolocatechoco at June 2nd, 2014 22:02 — #3
I knew a gal from Michigan and she never understood why people would talk poetically about the smell after rain. "Smells like dead worms," she'd say, and I would laugh.
Then I was in Michigan when it rained after a dry smell... yuck. Smells like dead worms.
newliminted at June 2nd, 2014 22:26 — #4
Love that post-rain, wormy smell. Not just because pollen got a beatdown, either.
chellberty at June 2nd, 2014 23:27 — #5
Oh, ozone Before the rain begins, one of the first odors you may notice as winds pick up and clouds roll in is a sweet, pungent zing in your nostrils.
acerplatanoides at June 2nd, 2014 23:32 — #6
Spores. Sometimes ozone. Near the ocean there's some Hydrogen Sulfide involved.
william_holz at June 2nd, 2014 23:35 — #7
This is why I keep a bunch of dead worms handy if I want to trick people into thinking it's going to rain.
It still hasn't worked, but I'm not going to give up hope just based on several years of empirical data and science!
(Note: I don't watch FOX news, I'm just kind of randomly stubborn/irrationally hopeful)
jsroberts at June 3rd, 2014 01:21 — #8
The most extreme case of this that I saw (smelled) was after a summer hailstorm on a mountain. It was a pretty hot day anyway and the hail was heavy for about 10 minutes, then stopped abruptly and evaporated within the next half hour. There were clouds of water vapour coming from the ground and the whole area was giving off an amazing scent of the wild rosemary which grew all around and had just been pummeled by the hail.
justin_kalm at June 3rd, 2014 02:05 — #9
I thought this was already thoroughly explained in The Five Doctors -
TURLOUGH: It's marvellous here. I feel so calm and relaxed.
DOCTOR 5: It's the high bombardment of positive ions.
TEGAN: It's like Earth after a thunderstorm.
DOCTOR 5: Same cause and reason.
boundegar at June 3rd, 2014 17:28 — #10
What this website needs is a larger, more powerful like button.
william_holz at June 3rd, 2014 20:46 — #11
Also a button for that fresh after-the-rain smell.
Or a worm button.
I'd take that as well.
maggiekb at June 7th, 2014 20:59 — #12
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