Britain is notable for many things; It’s a small island with a bewildering variety of dampish environments with quite distinct geography, accents and customs and people from valley to valley to valley. Mainly Britain is very moist & wet, a land of rivers connecting and taking water that falls in the form of rain.
Nowhere in Britain is more than 74½ miles from the sea.
It rains a lot here, and it has struck me more and more that really there are many types of rain and that a thorough examination of the types could aid folk in their walks and meanderings around our wet islands.
This is not by any means an exhaustive list, and I have discovered others (notably the Beaufort Scale) who have tried similarly to classify rain, but this is my take on it and represents as far as I know some of the main types of liquid precipitation.
Types of British Rain
- Clammy Super fine lingering droplets low cloud, sea frets, condensation/precipitation
- Damp Fine droplets low velocity refreshing
- Dank Small droplets, Dewy light wind
- Medium drops slow
- Medium drops, non-committal, random
- Regular, medium drops Grey clouds & windy with gusts
- Medium drop often, blowy
- Soggy, drenching squelchy in your shoes
- Raining cats and dogs
- When cats and dogs refuse to go out
- Pouring it down
- Persistent, heavy utterly drenching, umbrella crucial
- Flood warning level
- Time to head for high ground
- Biblical – look for a boat!
- The first form of frozen precipitation
- Completely frozen precipitation
The proper understanding of the types of British rain could be helpful in furthering the appropriate use of hats and or umbrellas if needed to protect one from saturation due to sporadic outbursts from the clouds above.
When one examines the nature of the rain as a function we can see that it is combination of wind and water droplets that give us our distinct types of different British rain. But the landscape and geography also affect the quantity & quality of rain.
Rain equation Theory
(Water droplet size x wind speed x trajectory x geography x quantity of water x the duration of rain )= qualitative and quantitative experience of a rain downpour.
This is by no means an absolute equation, I offer it up for your deliberation…