How do you get wet?

Whether a rapid sprint is the right tactic to escape the wet depends on the type of rain. Is it heavy rain, drizzle or continuous rain? Does it fall evenly and is there a wind blowing? All of these factors are decisive for how we can get to our destination best and, above all, as dryly as possible.

Because racing doesn't always make sense. In principle, the following applies: When walking, we only offer the rain our head and shoulders as a target for attack. They act, so to speak, as a roof for our entire body. Walking normally is the best decision when it is drizzling or raining down from above - then the rest of the body stays dry. On the other hand, racing makes sense when it rains heavily and at an angle from the front. With our body, which is slightly bent forward when running, we offer a smaller surface to attack than when we walk upright.

Run with the wind

Ideally, our body is bent at the same angle that the rain falls. In practice, however, many more components usually play a role: It is not just the angle of fall of the rain and the way you walk that influence how wet we get, but also the size of the drops, the wind speed or the shape of our body. The physicist Franco Bocci therefore tried to mathematically analyze the problem and develop a corresponding formula. But if you don't have time to recalculate the result during a shower, at least the rough summary may help: Running as fast as possible helps - or with the wind.