Whether we are constantly aware of it or not, our planet does not function autonomously in the Universe. This concept has been further backed by a recent study from the University of Washington and it demonstrates how rainfall is directly affected by the moon.
The observations concluded in this research are unique in the field of science and they can be found in the Geophysical Research Letters.
According to the researchers’ findings, when the moon is positioned upward, it creates a certain distention, which in turn affects the quantity of rainfall on our planet. The changes of the moon also have a strong influence over the currents of the oceans, determining the water to move to whichever side the moon is closer.
As Tsubasa Kohyama, the author of the study explains it, the atmosphere of the Earth tends to draw out in the direction of the moon when it is overhead. This, consequently, increases the climatic pressure in certain parts of the planet, which in turn causes rainfall. As it turns out, it is those regions of higher air build-up that create humidity, which is conducive to precipitation.
Researchers are still trying to figure out to which degree various types of precipitation are influenced by the phases of the moon and to figure out what potential effects this may have for our planet in the future.
None of these findings would have been possible, however, without the vast amount of information compiled throughout the years by NASA and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission satellite.
We are talking about 15 years worth of data, gathered from 1998 to 2012, which was crucial to this current day discovery. Few people may know that this connection between the moon phases and the degree of rainfall was first noticed in 1847, without being explored sufficiently.
This all came about, however, when the researchers were analyzing the disturbances in the atmospheric variables and discovered a small vibration in the air pressure.
This link had previously been denied by Peter Thorne, a climate scientist at National Climatic Data Center. He points out that the moon phases only contribute 1-2% to the amount of rainfall that we experience.
Nevertheless, it is safe to say that these findings are a breakthrough in the field of science and it shows once again that one of the most important celestial bodies in our solar system is more influential to our daily life than we give it credit for.
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