Why I love April showers

Why I love April showers

It’s April! You know how the saying goes: April showers bring May flowers!

However, flowers aren’t the only thing rain brings. Rain also cleans the environment, as well as quenching droughts, wildfires and especially our thirst. Plus, for me, the rhythm of the rain is so soothing to listen to! If you imagine a future (hopefully not too soon) with less rain falling from the sky due to climate change, you really appreciate every drop that falls today.

 

One scientific fact to get out of the way:

Water is sticky! I know this sounds weird, but when you think about it, it really is true. Due to surface tension, when you wash your hands, the water sticks to the dirt and sends them down the drain. Then, you have to dry them with a towel. Why? It’s because the water’s sticking to your hands!

Now, let’s take this outside. Rain falls everywhere and touches almost everything not covered, and this cleans the environment. From the dirt on the ground to the dust on the trees, and even the pollution in the air! The rain sticks to every particle and washes them away.

Nature loves rain!

We’ve been having some pretty dry summers these past few years, and it is expected to get worse. Beaverton needs water to drink and it gets this from Barney Reservoir (in the Coast Range) and Hagg Lake (just outside Forest Grove). But where do these lakes get their water? Rain!

Oh, and don’t forget those wildfires that stain the skies orange. Rain is super important since it soaks everything on the ground and prevents our trees from burning. The rain moistens and cools the environment, and this makes all living things much happier, especially May flowers.

Rain just feels good.

Last but not least, rain is extremely therapeutic. When it falls, try cracking a window open and just listen. I guarantee you’ll relax in no time! And, for those times when it’s not raining? I relax by putting on some nice rain sounds. Not as good as the real thing, of course, but it’s better than nothing. The pitter-pattering of rain, whether real or not, just feels so nice, especially when reading a good book.

They say many people who move to Oregon from other states complain about how much rain we get. But for people who grew up here like me, rain is not just something we live with. In fact, I love it and look forward to every April raindrop.

 

Mizuki Wong is a 9th grader at Mountainside High School. In their free time, they enjoy drawing, animating on YouTube, listening to music and learning about science.