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Weather question of the day: What's the difference between big and small raindrops?

Posted at 6:43 AM, Oct 13, 2020

GRAND RAPIDS — What's the science behind big heavy raindrops and smaller sprinkling raindrops?? Our Fox 17 viewer Hector H. had this weather question we decided to answer!

The correct answer is rain intensity and rainfall speed. This is because the bigger the raindrop the faster it falls and more air then pushes against the bottom of the raindrop and eventually breaking it a part into smaller pieces.

Fun fact! Raindrops don't actually look like teardrop. Instead, they look more like flat pancakes or hamburger buns.

Do you or your kids have a weather question you would like answered? Send them to our meteorologist Candace Monacelli via her email ( or on her Facebook page!