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What causes the smell after rain?

Especially in the spring and summer, there's often a strong, funny smell right after it rains. What's behind "rain smell"?

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  • 10 Best Spots on Earth to Watch the Auroras

    10 Best Spots on Earth to Watch the Auroras

    Auroras themselves aren't rare, but spotting one can be tricky: You need a clear, dark sky within one of the auroral zones. What are 10 spots that up the odds a bit? See more »

  • 10 Myths About Rainbows

    10 Myths About Rainbows

    Everybody loves rainbows, even though they may not know much about them. Did you know no two people see the same rainbow or that they contain 1 million colors? Learn how to make your own rainbow -- or to make one disappear! See more »

  • 10 Scientifically Sound Weather Superstitions

    10 Scientifically Sound Weather Superstitions

    Ever hear that saying that a cow lies down when rain is coming? This superstition may not be as udderly ridiculous as you think. See more »

  • Can we control the weather?

    Can we control the weather?

    Who likes getting caught in a downpour without an umbrella? Not this guy and not us. Are we ever going to achieve rainmaker status so we can dial up a few gentle showers one day and a blast of sunshine the next? See more »

  • Can you predict winter weather based on summer weather?

    Can you predict winter weather based on summer weather?

    Your grandfather may swear that he can feel the onset of a harsh winter in his bones — and your family may swear it's true — but a lot of us would prefer a more scientific method for predicting what the winter may have in store for us. See more »

  • Does a ring around the moon mean rain is coming soon?

    Does a ring around the moon mean rain is coming soon?

    We humans have figured out a lot of strange ways to measure the weather. A cricket's chirps can tell us the temperature. The open scales on a pinecone signal a dry spell. But can a ring around the moon really predict rainy days ahead? See more »

  • Does ball lightning really exist?

    Does ball lightning really exist?

    Ball lightning can float through the air, pass through walls and even kill you. What could it be, and why are scientists finally accepting this strange meteorological phenomenon? See more »

  • How Acid Rain Works

    How Acid Rain Works

    Acid rain is caused by emissions of sulfur dioxide and nitrogen oxides from power plants, cars and factories. Find out how acid rain is produced, how it affects natural and man-made objects and how governments aim to reduce it. See more »

  • How Auroras Work

    How Auroras Work

    Auroras are stunning natural light shows that are visible only in certain parts of the world at certain times of the year. Where can you go to see one? See more »

  • How does the aurora borealis (the Northern Lights) work?

    How does the aurora borealis (the Northern Lights) work?

    How does the aurora borealis (the Northern Lights) work? What causes it? Why can you only see it in the North? Are the myths about it producing sound true? See more »

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