Run When It’s Raining to Stay Drier

July 1, 2010 at 5:00 am 2 comments

Sooner or later, everybody gets caught outside when it starts raining.

I used to have a long walk to school. I mention this because walking to school has the same affect on rainfall as washing your car — it only rains at the worst possible time and it stops immediately after you stop caring.

When you’re stuck in the rain, you might think about whether it would be better to run or walk. When you run, you collide with more rain but you also reduce the amount of time you are exposed to the rain. When you walk, you collide with less rain but for a longer duration. So which is better?

It turns out that running is the better option, assuming you run fast enough to reduce the time you are exposed to rain. Myth Busters tested this in episode 38 if you want to check it out.

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2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Selah  |  July 1, 2010 at 8:43 am

    Mythbusteers proved you stay drier when you walk…

    • 2. Chad Upton  |  July 1, 2010 at 8:52 am

      You’re right, they did say that in episode 1, when they used a rain tower. But, they revisited it in episode 38 and changed their mind when they tested it with real rain. They said, “The use of artificial rain in the original test led to a false negative.”


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