One of my favorite smells is the fresh waves of scents of rain showers.  The smell in the air as the moisture rolls in.  The magical feeling of breathing in the rich air of rain on soil or ocean or city.  It is so relaxing and full.

What are your memories of the smells of rain?

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The smells people associate with rainstorms can be caused by a number of things. One of the more pleasant rain smells, the one we often notice in the woods, is actually caused by friendly bacteria! Actinomycetes, a type of filamentous bacteria, grow in soil when conditions are damp and warm. When the soil dries out, the bacteria produces spores in the soil. These spores have a distinctive, earthy smell we often associate with rainfall. The bacteria is extremely common and can be found in areas all over the world, which accounts for the universality of this sweet “after-the-rain” smell.

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