Why does rain have such a distinctive smell?
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Why does rain have such a distinctive smell?
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You asked us a question. Why does rain have such a distinctive smell?
 
A rainstorm has all kinds of different odors. Three are common the world round.
 
You know that sweet fresh smell that rolls in on the wind right before a storm? That's ozone you smell. Ozone is a form of oxygen. It is created by lightning. It floats down from much higher altitudes. 

Ozone protects our planet from the sun's harmful rays. That happens way up in the atmosphere. Down at ground level, harmful concentrations of the gas create things like smog.
 
But let's get back to the question.
 
Another smell wafts up after the rain starts to fall. That smell is petrichor. The smell occurs when plant oils get displaced by rain and are carried into the air.
 
Last but not least is the damp, musky smell that happens after a storm passes. That smell is geosmin. It is an organic compound. It's created by bacteria in soil.
 
There have been many attempts to bottle the perfectly heady smell of rain. But so far, no one's been able to do so.
 
Look out for when the next good summer storm rolls in. Take the time to drink in those sweet, elusive scents.

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Why hasn't anyone been able to bottle the smell of rain yet?
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COMMENTS (52)
  • roselyno-612-
    4/13/2016 - 01:19 p.m.

    No one has been able to bottle the smell of rain because rain doesn't have a smell.

  • yhl-hsu
    7/19/2016 - 07:43 a.m.

    I like neither rainy day, nor the smell before rain.
    I think the odors smell like soil and it made me a little blue.
    But I know a beautiful rainbow usually appears after rain.
    I saw someone bottled the smell of rain.
    He created a shop that called scentlibrary.
    He bottled all kinds of different odors.
    Such as rain, forest, rainbow, snow, and sunshine...etc.
    It was said those scents smell almost the same as true ones.
    I'm interested in the shop.

  • franklina-arl
    8/09/2016 - 12:12 p.m.

    There isn't a lot of of rain in summer.

  • aidanv-arl
    8/16/2016 - 10:34 a.m.

    Nobody is able to bottle smell of rain yet because the smell of rain goes out of the bottle right away.

  • chelseyb-san
    1/23/2017 - 12:11 p.m.

    Because that is a scientist job. The rain is normal water so it not okay for your body. The rain does not have a smell because the smell comes after the storm.

  • vanessar-san
    1/23/2017 - 12:12 p.m.

    Cause the smell of rain actually a natural smell. Not like other things like smells or food. So then when you get a bottle and put the rain in it it would just go away and not smell in the first second you put it in the bottle.

  • sarynea-san
    1/23/2017 - 12:12 p.m.

    Rain does not smell. There have been many attempts to bottle the perfectly heady smell of the rain.and because the does not smell and the water you can make it as what ever you want to make it.

  • johns3-san
    1/23/2017 - 12:13 p.m.

    No one has been able to bottle the smell because it is an organic smell, not one you can make.I have also smelled the mist and the fog.It is an air smell not a solid object. So they won't be able to trap that easy.

  • lizbethgu-san
    1/23/2017 - 12:13 p.m.

    Musky smell the happens after a storm passes it is created by bacteria in soil.another smell wafts up after the rain starts to rain it is created by the rain,lighting harmful conentrations of the gas create things like smog.a rainstorms has all kinds of different odors around the world.

  • anahir-san
    1/23/2017 - 12:14 p.m.

    No one has been able to bottle the smell of rain yet because of the perfectly heady smell of rain. It's also because rain doesn't have much of a smell. Also it's not able to trap rain easily. Rain is water people could trap water. The problem is that rain comes in Drops. So that makes it hard to bottle rain.

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