Definition of rainfall
1 : the amount of precipitation usually measured by the depth in inches
2 : rain 2a
Examples of rainfall in a Sentence
This area has an average annual rainfall of 12 inches.
an increase in annual rainfall
Recent Examples of rainfall from the Web
Friday’s rainfall also nearly broke a 1930 record, after Miami International Airport reported more than five inches of rain that day.
The combination of ample rainfall and cooler temperatures has resulted in lush growth and a beautiful carpet of green.
Seattle earlier broke the October-through-April rainfall record.
These slow moving storms also could drop heavy rainfall totals in a neighborhood.
As of this printing, six people have been confirmed dead as a result of the storm, with hundreds of thousands displaced by heavy rainfall and flooding.
Overall rainfall is declining, raising the risk of drought and threatening freshwater supplies, according to a 2014 report by the University of Hawaii Sea Grant College Program.
That compares with a combined 778,043 tons for the whole of the 2015-16 season, when severe desert winds damaged crops and affected rainfall.
Meteorologists said the heavy precipitation relates to active weather patterns sweeping over the Chicago region, including frequent thunderstorms that produce heavier rainfall, not just a few sprinkles.
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First Known Use of rainfall
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Definition of rainfall for English Language Learners
: the amount of rain that falls on a particular area
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