Biggs’ Weather Report

September 11th, 2014

Photo courtesy of Billy Bob Brown

Photo courtesy of Billy Bob Brown

By Dolly Cowan

Can you believe we’re still being blessed with all this rain?!! Isn’t it great! Around town, we had reports from last weekend of as much as 4 inches on Willow Street, 2.7 inches 13 miles southwest of Panhandle and 2.6 inches were measured here at the 300 block of Main. North of town at Biggs’ farm, south of town at Brown’s farm, five miles southwest of town and just a few miles northwest of town all reported having a level 3 inches! At press time, there was a 70 percent chance of rain predicted for tonight and all day tomorrow.
Unfortunately, tomorrow we can expect a “Bigg(s)” drop in temperature; a 20-degree drop! Football fans, bundle up and get out your “Bigg(s)” umbrellas!

There’s a myth about raindrops being tears from heaven. In drawings, they often look like teardrops, but Brent McRoberts of Texas A&M University says that’s really not the case. He explains, “The shape of a raindrop depends on its size. Small raindrops are actually spherical in shape and they take on different shapes as they fall to the ground. The larger ones are often compared to the shape of a hamburger bun. This is caused by air resistance on the drop as it falls to earth.”

Larger raindrops often split in two or more smaller drops before they hit the ground. The larger drops sometimes do look like teardrops before they split in two.

Photo courtesy of Billy Bob Brown

Photo courtesy of Billy Bob Brown


The larger drops fall faster than the smaller ones, but from a cloud that’s 5,000 feet up, it still takes the big ones about three minutes to reach the ground. And…they can appear to be different colors due to sand and other particles that might be collected on the way down.

I love these interesting little factoids that Shaun sends me! And… Billy Bob Brown takes some pretty cool pictures! Check out the huge splash that the single raindrop makes as it hits the ground in his photo on the front page. Impressive. A “Bigg(s)” thanks to Shaun and Billy Bob!