Why raindrops fall at an angle?

Abraham Vivian

Why are rain drops slanting?


Rain on street at windy night

Raindrops fall vertically down toward the earth. The atmospheric air always has a motion. A mild breeze to a heavy blowing wind. This air movement makes the vertically falling raindrops move horizontally resulting in an inclined path downwards. It is an optical illusion that makes a beholder feel like raindrops are falling down as oblique lines. On a calm day, raindrops fall straight downward vertically almost near 90 degrees.

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