Ask Smithsonian: Why Does Rain Have a Distinctive Smell?

Nothing beats the sweet smells of a summer rain. But what exactly is it that we’re smelling? Find out in this one-minute video, when Ask Smithsonian host Eric Schulze breaks down the alluring aromas of rain. (1:07)

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