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April Showers, Rain, or Drizzle?

April Showers, Rain, or Drizzle?

Meteorologists have many words for water falling from the sky. The most general term is precipitation, which includes liquid and solid water.

Rain is defined as liquid water drops which have diameters greater than 0.5 mm. Drizzle consists of droplets smaller than this diameter that fall to the ground. Fog, in the meantime, consists of droplets that stay suspended in the air. Both rain and drizzle may be further characterized as light, moderate, or heavy based on the rate of precipitation. Yet another word, showers, refers to rain which starts and stops or changes intensity suddenly.

Rain will persist throughout the day today with a chance of showers tonight and tomorrow. We finally see a break from the clouds on Sunday.

Today: Rain. High 53°F (12°C).

Tonight: Chance of showers, Low 45°F (7°C).

Tomorrow: Chance of showers, High 53°F (12°C).

Sunday: Sunny and breezy, High 60°F (16°C).