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Rain bubbles on sidewalk, Amherst, MA (cell phone pic)

Rain bubbles on sidewalk, Amherst, MA (cell phone pic)

Rain bubbles formed on the street today!  I’ve never seen anything like it!

When I left the house this afternoon in the rain, I noticed bubbles in the water in the parking area.  Why?  Was there soap on the street? My first thought was that the bubbles must be only in this small area, perhaps caused by spilled detergent.

Then, while waiting for the bus, I noticed bubbles floating along with the water running down the sides of the street.  They didn’t disappear like soap bubbles do.  They lasted for a long time. Hmmm…

I continued to watch the water.  The rain drops appeared to hit the surface of the street.  Soon after, bubbles popped up from below the water’s surface.  Not just one or two, lots of bubbles.

Once I was on the bus, I was curious to see whether there were bubbles in other places.  They were all along the bus route and also appeared in spots after I got off!

The pic above was taken with my cell phone, outside Minuteman Cleaners on Pray St., Amherst, MA.

Have you ever seen rain bubbles before?  Do you know what causes them?

Please share your thoughts in the comment section below!

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