Summer Thunderstorms - The Water Cycle
We've entered the hot, humid summer months here in the southeastern United States. Nearly every evening the clouds tower into the skies and light up an electric light show, often accompanied by falling rain.
Unlike any other planet, our specially designed dwelling place is covered in water. There is water in the seas, water in the oceans, water in lakes and ponds, water underneath the ground, water in the polar ice caps… water is everywhere! In fact, NASA scientists say there are more than 326 million trillion gallons of water covering over 70% of the earth’s surface.
Unless you live in a humid part of the world, you may not realize it, but there is even water in the air. Scientists estimate that on a typical summer afternoon, there are about 50,000 tons of water vapor in the air above a square mile of land. (Although I imagine there are at least several thousand more gallons on a humid rainy night in my home town in Georgia!)
All of the water on our planet is constantly moving and changing states. This process is known as the water cycle. It is an incredible design that keeps our planet from drying out.Not only do plants need and soak up water, but they also release it back into the air; a process called transpiration. God designed plants to water themselves! A field of corn is reported to give off enough water to re-cover its own field eleven inches deep. Self-sustained recyclers!
The raindrops that hit your umbrella last time it rained have existed for thousands of years and have traveled this world over and over in various places. The “rain falls into the rivers, and the rivers flow into the sea, and yet the sea never overflows” because of the way God has designed our incredible planet (Ecclesiastes 1:7).
Photo credits: William Wise.
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