The Smell of Rain Has a Name: Petrichor
The earthy, pleasant smell that accompanies rainfall has a specific name: petrichor. This unique scent is a result of a combination of factors. When raindrops hit the ground, they can release trapped aerosols and fragrant compounds from the soil and vegetation. Petrichor is particularly strong after a dry spell when the soil and plants have had time to accumulate these compounds. The term “petrichor” was coined by researchers in the 1960s to describe this distinct scent, and it’s a great example of how nature can produce interesting and delightful odors.