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In the Loop: February 11, 2008 Archive

It's raining, it's pouring . . . but mostly on weekdays.

Posted at 11:50 AM on February 11, 2008 by Sanden Totten (2 Comments)

I hate to say it, but sometimes I like what pollution has to offer.

Beautiful sunsets. Warmer climates (especially tempting if you live in Minnesota) and now . . . less rain on weekends.

A recent study found that it indeed rains less on weekends and pollution is believed to be the cause. The idea is that during the week, there is more traffic, more factories pumping out gases and more pollution hitting our skies. That pollution gets into the clouds. It helps water droplets form and ka-boom . . . you've got rain! It's sort of like an unintentional form of cloud seeding, a process originally developed by Bernard Vonnegut (the brother of novelist Kurt Vonnegut).

So ok, it's only a theory at this point. And it's not that pollution causes less rain on weekends, but rather more rain on weekdays. But still, that seems fitting. I feel much more inclined to appreciate a rainy day when I am forced to stay inside anyway. And if the same holds true for snow, think of all the extra snow days that we are creating for the children.

So, yeah, pollution is bad. But surely we can all appreciate the silver lining to this gray particle filled cloud, right?

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