How To Avoid Getting Soaked In The Rain Without An Umbrella

It’s raining out and you’ve forgotten your umbrella. You don’t have a hoodie. You’re going to get wet. What do you do? Apparently the key to avoiding the rain as best you can with nothing but your human body is to lean forward and run as fast as you can.

MIT professor Walter Lewin answers an apparently long-debated question I never had: Will you get less wet in the rain by walking slowly and therefore exposing less of your body to the downpour or will you catch less rain by moving quickly? The answer is, somewhat unsurprisingly, that you will catch less rain if you run faster, but the angle of your body has an effect as well because of the direction of the rain. Leaning forward can improve your chances of staying dry. This is great, but my concern would be more of slipping and falling or running into something accidentally than getting wet in this case.

Now what I’d like to know is if there’s any added benefit to looking confused and bewildered while you run. Every time I see people caught in the rain they run to get away like they have no idea what’s going on. It’s certainly a popular tactic.

Photo by Jonathan Keelty

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