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2013-08-09 12:26:49 AM  
I vividly recall the ozone smell that would come through the air just ahead of a thunderstorm when I was a kid in Florida.

Oddly enough, my mom had an old steam iron that produced the same smell as she was ironing Dad's shirts.

The memory of some smells just stay with you for life.
 
2013-08-09 12:40:54 AM  
Cool air and damp pine needles

/and I wish it would rain more often
 
2013-08-09 12:55:42 AM  

MaudlinMutantMollusk: Cool air and damp pine needles

/and I wish it would rain more often


Move to FL.  You'll get your fill of rain in short order.  Once you've been here long enough you stop bothering with the umbrellas.  The thunderstorms come on so fast that unless you happen to have the umbrella in your hand you're screwed anyway.  The immediate return to 90+ degree heat following the storm dries you off fairly quickly though.
 
2013-08-09 01:01:05 AM  

TuteTibiImperes: MaudlinMutantMollusk: Cool air and damp pine needles

/and I wish it would rain more often

Move to FL.  You'll get your fill of rain in short order.  Once you've been here long enough you stop bothering with the umbrellas.  The thunderstorms come on so fast that unless you happen to have the umbrella in your hand you're screwed anyway.  The immediate return to 90+ degree heat following the storm dries you off fairly quickly though.


I don't like the humidity there

/I'm used to California
//we whine about how muggy it is if it gets to 40%
 
2013-08-09 01:28:15 AM  
Rain in the desert is my favorite smell. It just edges out tomato leaves and puppy breath.
 
2013-08-09 02:48:36 AM  
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2013-08-09 06:05:57 AM  
I guess I'm a northern girl since I associate that ozone smell with snow coming in. Rain for me doesn't smell until it starts and then I smell dirt and whatever has been on the ground since the last rain. But I can smell snow miles and hours away.I usually don't know it's going to rain unless my sinuses get screwed up from the change in pressure. Or if the dog freaks out.

Rain naps are still the best sleep I could ever hope to have.
 
2013-08-09 06:28:22 AM  

TuteTibiImperes: MaudlinMutantMollusk: Cool air and damp pine needles

/and I wish it would rain more often

Move to FL.  You'll get your fill of rain in short order.  Once you've been here long enough you stop bothering with the umbrellas.  The thunderstorms come on so fast that unless you happen to have the umbrella in your hand you're screwed anyway.  The immediate return to 90+ degree heat following the storm dries you off fairly quickly though.


Uggh, I remember. You could pretty much set your watch by the afternoon rains. "Oh look, it's a sudden five minute rain storm. Must be about a quarter to 4." ;)
 
2013-08-09 07:49:52 AM  

ginandbacon: Rain naps are still the best sleep I could ever hope to have.


Absolutely this.
 
2013-08-09 08:17:21 AM  
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2013-08-09 08:19:23 AM  
Perfume scented like rain?  What an awesome idea.

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2013-08-09 08:20:51 AM  

Barfmaker: ginandbacon: Rain naps are still the best sleep I could ever hope to have.

Absolutely this.


Yes, I was just thinking about the sound of rain hitting the windows and I'm getting sleepy.
 
2013-08-09 08:23:00 AM  
It's raining here, and I smell bad, so I'm getting a kick out of this thread...
 
2013-08-09 08:35:05 AM  

AngryDragon: Perfume scented like rain?  What an awesome idea.

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I'll take two. And one that smells like old leatherbound books.
 
2013-08-09 09:09:05 AM  

radarlove: [fc09.deviantart.net image 850x484]


great word

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Petrichor
 
2013-08-09 09:21:54 AM  
Usually smells like... wet dog.

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2013-08-09 09:36:43 AM  

violentsalvation: Rain in the desert is my favorite smell. It just edges out tomato leaves and puppy breath.


This
 
2013-08-09 09:45:48 AM  

radarlove: [fc09.deviantart.net image 850x484]


Came for this.
Leaving happy.
 
2013-08-09 09:54:55 AM  
In town it often smells at first like an over-heated auto radiator.
 
2013-08-09 10:00:02 AM  
FTFA: I am no expert on the chemistry of odors!
 
2013-08-09 10:07:57 AM  
Petrichor. My wife used it in a poem she wrote when we first met.
 
2013-08-09 10:16:02 AM  

SordidEuphemism: AngryDragon: Perfume scented like rain?  What an awesome idea.

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I'll take two. And one that smells like old leatherbound books.


There is actually a perfume that smells like old books.
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/07/19/paper-passion-bottles-up-sm el l-of-old-book_n_1686286.html
 
2013-08-09 10:26:16 AM  
Yes yes yes, but what does wet grass sound like?

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2013-08-09 10:33:24 AM  
When I lived in LA, the rain smelled like wet asphalt. Now that I've moved to the high desert, it smells like nothing so much as wet sand.
 
2013-08-09 10:42:39 AM  
Came for the petrichor reference. Leaving happy :)
 
2013-08-09 10:49:54 AM  
Actually, if I could find a spray that smelled like this, I'd buy it.  I love that smell.
 
2013-08-09 11:04:50 AM  

way south: Usually smells like... wet dog.

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2013-08-09 12:36:08 PM  
Smells like fish. Tastes like chicken.
 
2013-08-09 01:57:08 PM  
Around here if you're downwind from the ethanol plant it smells like ass.
 
2013-08-09 02:55:32 PM  
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2013-08-09 03:33:39 PM  
Ozone?

DNRTFA
 
2013-08-09 03:39:53 PM  
I live in the Northeast, around the dirt and pine needle smell, so the creosote odor when the desert rained was... interesting. I guess you need to get used to it.
 
2013-08-09 03:54:48 PM  

To The Escape Zeppelin!: SordidEuphemism: AngryDragon: Perfume scented like rain?  What an awesome idea.

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I'll take two. And one that smells like old leatherbound books.

There is actually a perfume that smells like old books.
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/07/19/paper-passion-bottles-up-sm el l-of-old-book_n_1686286.html


Um. I need some alone time.
 
2013-08-09 04:03:33 PM  
Ozone most places, Boxwood other places with fond memories.
 
2013-08-09 09:30:43 PM  
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Creosote bushes.
 
2013-08-09 11:33:29 PM  

studebaker hoch: [upload.wikimedia.org image 800x600]

Creosote bushes.


I thought I was the only farker with those in my front yard! I love that smell!
 
2013-08-10 12:22:35 AM  
Do people really smell ozone before a storm?

To clarify, you guys smelling ozone before a storm know that ozone smells like an electric train set, right?

www.ho-scaletrains.net
/smells ozone all the time, but never before a storm
 
2013-08-10 07:26:32 AM  
A better question would be What does Petrichor smell like when worn on the neck of Amy Pond/Karen Gillan?

An even better followup question would be How can I find out firsthand?

Hmm..  And there's a perfume that smells like books? I imagine that would be what Barbara Wright (First Doctor companion) smelled like. Do you suppose there's a perfume for every Doctor Who companion?

I'm thinking something aggressivelyleather, with linen and a bit of Victorian lavender for Leela. Also with a hint of cold steel and fresh blood.
 
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