April Showers Day – April 22, 2023

April Showers Day is observed every year on April 22. The holiday celebration revolves entirely around the changing of the seasons. Rainstorms that occur in the Northern Hemisphere during April, are known as April showers. Heavy rain downpours are common at this time due to the direction of the jet stream, which goes north and creates large depressions to bring rain and strong winds from the Atlantic Ocean. This occurrence is commemorated on April Showers Day when people look out for rain. The reason for April Showers Day being celebrated on April 22 is unknown.

History of April Showers Day

April Showers Day, unlike many other American holidays, was created by the online greeting card company 123greetings.com. However, the exact year that April Showers Day was established is unknown. The term “April Showers” is well-known in the United Kingdom and Ireland. It essentially describes the heavy and rapid rain showers that are typical of April weather in the northern hemisphere, particularly in the British Isles, and are caused by the jet stream’s northward movement.

Winter in the Northern Hemisphere lasts from the December solstice, which occurs on December 21 U.T.C., through the March equinox, which occurs on March 20 U.T.C. As temperatures rise in Western New York, the last bit of snow melts and turns to rain, igniting the beginnings of flowers and plants blooming in the area. The smallest possibility of rain in the U.K. this year falls between April 21 and April 27. The average sliding 31-day rainfall in April is also quite low, ranging from 1.3 to 1.8 inches (between 3.3 to 4.6 centimeters).

The saying “March winds and April showers bring forth May flowers” was first documented in English-speaking countries in 1886. And the shorter, trochaic variant “April showers bring May flowers,” originally “Sweet April showers/Do spring May flowers,” was part of a poem published in 1610. The phrase is mentioned in the General Prologue of “The Canterbury Tales.” So this April Showers Day, get out your umbrella and rain shoes and let’s stand outside to witness an amazing downpour — don’t forget your raincoat!

April Showers Day timeline

1921
‘April Showers’ is Released

‘April Showers’ is released — a popular song written by Louis Silvers and B.G. DeSylva.

1923
From Boxer To Policeman

“April Showers” is a silent American romantic comedy film which is directed by Tom Forman and stars Colleen Moore.

2009
Let the Drama Unfold

Andrew Robinson writes and directs “April Showers,” a 2009 American independent drama film centered around the mysteries of a high school shooting.

2013
In The Mix

Wyclef Jean's mixtape “April Showers” is released.

2017
It’s Getting Wet In Here

The wettest April in 60 years occurs in the United States.

April Showers Day FAQs

When and who wrote ‘April Showers?’

The film score ‘April Showers’ was composed by Louis Silvers, an American film composer.

What causes Spring showers?

Spring showers are caused by a variety of factors. Individual cumulus clouds produce intermittent spurts of rain, which are known as showers.

Why is it called ‘April showers?’

April Showers gets its name from the number of short, frequent showers that occur throughout April.

April Showers Day Activities

  1. Host a showers party in April

    The saying “April showers bring May flowers” inspired this party's theme. Umbrellas and rain gear decor are a must-have for this party, so incorporate them as much as possible. Begin by greeting guests with a spring-flowering umbrella, and serving cuisine that is appropriate for the spring season to your guests.

  2. Get wet and dance in the rain

    Check for April showers outside your window to celebrate. If that's the case, grab an umbrella or a raincoat or jacket and head outside to take advantage of them. Dance and have fun with your family, friends, or romantic partner.

  3. Install a rain barrel

    Help your younger sibling or child, if you have any, comprehend precipitation and water collection systems by using rainwater that falls on your roof. Before setting up your own rain barrel and using the collected water to tend to your garden or lawn, explain what rain barrels do, how they can improve the surrounding region, and what the water is used for.

5 Interesting Facts About Rain

  1. Māwsynrām

    The wettest place on the planet is Māwsynrām, which is located in India's Meghalaya state.

  2. Phantom rain

    'Phantom rain,' or ‘virga,’ refers to the droplets that evaporate before hitting the ground.

  3. Smells like rain

    Rain has a distinct odor, when raindrops land on clay or dusty soils, they trap microscopic air bubbles on the surface, which rise to the top and burst out of the droplet, resulting in the characteristic 'Petrichor' fragrance.

  4. It’s kinda fast

    A raindrop would take two minutes to reach the ground.

  5. Raindrop shape

    Raindrops take on a spherical shape when they initially develop high in the atmosphere; however, when they fall, their shape changes.

Why We Love April Showers Day

  1. It’s important for all things living

    Rainfall is critical for the survival of plants, animals, and humans. It is responsible for bringing fresh water to the earth's surface. Water scarcity occurs when rainfall is low, which can lead to a drought-like situation.

  2. Fresh water supply

    The most significant advantage of rainfall is the redistribution of clean and fresh water throughout the water cycle. To support its continuous existence, the human body requires a consistent supply of fresh water, which is provided by an abundance of precipitation. Hence, freshwater is important for the sustenance of human life

  3. Restoration of spring

    The main reason for this is that flowers, in general, require a lot of sunlight and water to flourish, therefore April showers are necessary to kickstart the blossoming process after a long, cold, and snowy winter. So let’s welcome the rain and be thankful for all it does to help us survive!

April Showers Day dates

YearDateDay
2023April 22Saturday
2024April 22Monday
2025April 22Tuesday
2026April 22Wednesday
2027April 22Thursday

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