U.S. CitiesCity-Data Forum Index
Go Back   City-Data Forum > General Forums > Science and Technology
 [Register]
Please register to participate in our discussions with 2 million other members - it's free and quick! Some forums can only be seen by registered members. After you create your account, you'll be able to customize options and access all our 15,000 new posts/day with fewer ads.
View detailed profile (Advanced) or search
site with Google Custom Search

Search Forums  (Advanced)
 
Old 06-05-2015, 02:10 PM
 
2,383 posts, read 4,364,202 times
Reputation: 891

Advertisements

I've read that it's because of petrichor (see link below).

But if you hose your lawn a lot, will it smell the same as after it rains?

ELI5: Why does it smell so good after it rains? : explainlikeimfive

I've been near lawns that have been hosed and I don't notice the same smell.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message

 
Old 06-05-2015, 08:47 PM
 
26,163 posts, read 14,513,716 times
Reputation: 17235
Yea the smell of nature is beautiful
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 06-05-2015, 10:53 PM
 
Location: Somewhere in northern Alabama
16,900 posts, read 51,488,051 times
Reputation: 27833
There can be a whole lot of things involved. If there was lightning, there was ozone. Rain is generally either pH neutral or acid (hose water is pH basic). If the storm had strong winds and updrafts, there could be odors from nearby fields/forests/oceans/lakes/glaciers/bathing beauties.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 06-07-2015, 09:18 PM
 
Location: Brawndo-Thirst-Mutilator-Nation
15,312 posts, read 15,295,773 times
Reputation: 11048
Yeah, I live in a pretty stinky industrial-area.

If it does not rain for a while or the sun is blocked out for a few days, wow, it can get quiet stinky.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 06-29-2015, 06:41 PM
 
318 posts, read 398,805 times
Reputation: 636
.
....
Just as with us, Earth tends to smell better after a good shower. It knocks down the yucky stuff.

.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 07-01-2015, 01:34 PM
 
9,099 posts, read 9,279,661 times
Reputation: 4681
Quote:
Originally Posted by robertpasa View Post
I've read that it's because of petrichor (see link below).
It is a combination of ozone, petrichor and geosmin (a major contributor to petrichor). I think the ozone in particular is very important, and you can't create it just by watering a lawn.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Please register to post and access all features of our very popular forum. It is free and quick. Over $68,000 in prizes has already been given out to active posters on our forum. Additional giveaways are planned.

Detailed information about all U.S. cities, counties, and zip codes on our site: City-data.com.


Reply
Please update this thread with any new information or opinions. This open thread is still read by thousands of people, so we encourage all additional points of view.

Quick Reply
Message:

Over $104,000 in prizes was already given out to active posters on our forum and additional giveaways are planned!

Go Back   City-Data Forum > General Forums > Science and Technology
Follow City-Data.com founder on our Forum or

All times are GMT -6.

2005-2018, Advameg, Inc.

City-Data.com - Archive 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35 - Top