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Why Is Spring So Rainy?

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Spring is supposed to be a time of sunshine, flowers and vacations. Once the first day of spring comes around, you probably want to be outside, enjoying the beautiful weather. However, that can often prove difficult due to frequent rain. There have been plenty of spring picnics ruined by rain, plenty of scenic hikes interrupted by a sudden shower, and many beach days cut short by storm clouds rolling in. So why does it seem like this happens in the spring more often than any other season throughout the year?

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Spring is the rainiest season of the year in terms of the number of days with precipitation. Clouds are made of water droplets, and when those water droplets combine into one another, they grow. As the water droplets grow and get heavier, they fall to the Earth as rain.

Spring is the rainiest season in the Northern Hemisphere because warmer air can hold more moisture than colder air, and the air gets warmer during the spring. Warmer, moist air is less dense than the colder, dryer air of the upper atmosphere. As the warm air rises and cools, it can no longer hold on to the moisture and water droplets come down as rain.

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As spring transitions into summer, these weather conditions are not as common, and therefore it rains only on occasion. If you’d like to experience the spring rain somewhere other than your home, here are some of the best spring vacations to take.