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How fast do raindrops fall?

Published On: Jul 26 2011 04:42:11 PM EDT

Rain drops can fall at various rates depending on the environmental circumstances.

Not including wind-driven rain, raindrops can fall between 7 and 18 miles per hour (3 and 8 meters per second) in still air.

The range in speed also depends on the the size of the raindrop that is falling to the surface.

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Air friction breaks up raindrops when they exceed 18 miles per hour.

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