NASA: Raindrops are shaped like top of hamburger bun

Raindrops cling to foliage in Chapel Hill, N.C., Sunday, Aug. 18, 2013. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)

February 14, 2014 12:43:24 PM PST
If you think raindrops are shaped like tear drops, scientists are debunking that myth.

NASA says raindrops are shaped more like the top of a hamburger bun -- round at the top and flat at the bottom.

Meteorologists say this research will help with nowcasting, or forecasting the weather from hour-to-hour.

The shape of the raindrop can tell you whether a storm is intensifying or declining.

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