In 1971, as part of an experiment to study the causes and effects of landslides, Japanese scientists watered down a hill using fire hoses to simulate the effect of a torrential rainstorm. The soil on the hill gave way and the resulting landslide killed 4 scientists and 11 observers. blogs.agu.org/landslidebl…
California’s Death Valley contains the lowest point in North America β€” a surreal landscape of vast salt flats. The basin sits 282 feet (86 m) below sea level where a temporary lake may form after heavy rainstorms. nps.gov/places/badwater-b…
7 year-old Jessica Dubroff attempted to become the youngest person to fly an aircraft across the USA. On the final leg of her flight, the plane crashed during a rainstorm immediately after takeoff, killing Dubroff, her father, and her flight instructor (who was at the controls at all times) en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jes…
Before Chesley Sullenberger and The Miracle on the Hudson Capt. Carlos Dardano landed a 737 on a narrow levee in New Orleans after the engines flamed out in a rainstorm in 1988. Capt. Dardano also only had one eye from when his plane was shot at during the civil war in El Salvador. nola.com/archive/article_…
When drummer Vinny Appice joined Black Sabbath, he had to learn their songs on stage, using hastily written notes when playing unfamiliar songs. During one of the shows, a rainstorm made the ink run on Appice's notes en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vin…
Filming Star Wars in Tunisia was hindered by the first major rainstorm in 50 years, and The Empire Strikes Back filming in Norway was hindered by the worst winter storm in 50 years. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
Dinosaurs became a dominant species right after a 2 million year rainstorm en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Car…
In 1994, Oakville, WA experienced a rainstorm in which gelatinous blobs fell onto a farm. The blobs were examined and found to contain human white blood cells but they did not contain nuclei, which is something human white cells do have. Theories persist, but none have been proven correct. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oak…
Director Guillermo del Toro owns a house called, 'Bleak House.' In which, there a room with a never ending rainstorm projected onto all windows and audio to match. He often uses this room to write. scpr.org/programs/the-fra…
People from Alabama and Mississippi say "The devil is beating his wife" to refer to sun shining during a rainstorm. thejournal.ie/maps-americ…
There is a gecko less than an inch long whose skin is completely hydrophobic. Without it's hydrophobic skin, because it's so Tiny, it could drown in a rainstorm. Instead it can float on open water. roaring.earth/unsinkable-…
After President Grover Cleveland lost his reelection bid in 1888 to Benjamin Harrison, Cleveland held an umbrella over his successor's head while Harrison delivered his inaugural address in a rainstorm. presidentprofiles.com/Gra…
Today I learned about the Cincinnati Privy Disaster, 31 girls ran into a privy on a school yard because of a sudden rainstorm, the floor collapsed, 9 children died. beltmag.com/cincinnati-pr…
During a rainstorm, the mangrove ant colony will send a soldier ant to plug up the entrance hole with its head. mentalfloss.com/article/6…
Henry David Thoreau contracted bronchitis after counting the rings on tree stumps during a rainstorm at night. The bronchitis complicated his Tuberculosis and he died 2 years later. thoreau.eserver.org/wfchr…
Apollo 12 was hit by lightning at launch, as NASA stuck to its schedule despite a rainstorm. edn.com/electronics-blogs…
Gargoyles have a use other than being decorative, they are used to divide the flow of rainwater off the roof to minimize the potential damage from a rainstorm. crystalinks.com/gargoyles…
In the 1976 Olympic games, after a rainstorm doused the Olympic flame a few days after the games had opened, an official re-lit the flame using his cigarette lighter. Organizers quickly doused it again and relit it using a backup of the original flame. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oly…
Akira Kurosawa dyed an entire water source of a town black to achieve a heavy rain effect during a rainstorm scene. tititudorancea.org/z/life…
To deal with the flooding in Kuala Lumpur, they built a road tunnel that can be cleared of all cars and used to divert flood waters in the event of a large rainstorm. youtube.com/watch?v=5eMpN…
The most dangerous time to drive in a rainstorm is the first five minutes after it starts to rain. driving.ca/Driving+rain+f…
When fog hits Redwood trees, the resulting condensation can douse the ground beneath it with the equivalent of a drenching rainstorm en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fog…
Rainstorms in Las Vegas caused a flood that swept away hundreds of cars from the Caesars Palace Hotel parking lot, and left it under 20 feet of water. lasvegassun.com/news/1975…

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