After the rain

It’s a beautiful, cloudy morning here in Provo, and we just got a bunch of rain. It’s been hot and dry and hazy for quite a while now, and this rain is very refreshing. The pleasant “after the rain” smell, one of my very favorite aromas, is distinctly noticeable. What a great day!

In case you are interested, this smell is often caused by bacteria spores released into the air when the soil becomes wet following a long dry period. Read more about this on

Look, Marvin (BYU’s Eyring Science Center unofficial weather center) even has a webcam now!


2 Responses to After the rain

  1. Julie K. says:

    That’s hugely fascinating. I love it.

  2. Steven says:

    Alas, it has since become sunny again, and temperatures are forecasted to once again reach the upper 90s tomorrow. *sigh*

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