Rain vs Showers: What is the difference?

Rain versus showers

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - Showers are rain, but there is a difference.

Lets start with showers. Showers usually originate from a cumulus or cumulonimbus cloud. They are short-lived lasting from minutes to an hour. This means that it won’t be widespread, meaning not everyone will see the wet stuff. Sky conditions change faster and you could be seeing blue skies within minutes. Check out this image below that shows showers over northeastern Texas and southeastern Oklahoma.

Rain typically lasts longer and originates from fronts to low pressure systems. They last longer from hours to days: think hurricanes, nor’easters, stalled out lows and fronts. They cover a larger area. When we say rain, it typically means that most if not all people in the viewing area will see it. It will be a slower change with sky conditions when it comes to rain. Check out a swatch of rain that was the result of a low that tracked over the Ohio Valley.

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