Set Fire To The Rain
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The song has received acclaim from various critics with many complimenting on Adele's vocals but received comparisons to Bruno Mars's song "Grenade" due to the similar tempo, vocal range and scale. A writer for the magazine URB said that the song had "Starbucks-friendlier content" and further called it "melodramatic". Leah Greenblatt of Entertainment Weekly concluded that the song had "scorned-woman balladry" and it "surge[s] on the pure force of her titanic wail." The New York Times said "the vocal effects on 'Set Fire to the Rain,' produced by Fraser T Smith, the most pop-minded of the assembled team, are superfluous." John Murphy of MusicOMH gave a mixed review towards the song calling it "real misfire" and "overproduced". However he added, "it's a decent enough song, but Adele's always sounded best when it's just a piano and a voice." Writing for the newspaper Herald Sun, Camreon Adams called the song a "triumphant radio-hit-in-waiting of next single" and concluded that "once the chorus kicks in, you're a goner." Gary McGinley of No Ripcord highlighted "Set Fire to the Rain" calling it "the catchiest song" on 21. Another writer of Daily Herald said that Adele sounds "epic" on the song.
The Alkali metals lithium, sodium, potassium, rubidium, cesium, and francium, all react violently with water when in their elemental pure form. If a dust storm consisting of small particles of these elements were in the air when it rained, there would be fire and explosions. Additionally some of the Alkaline Earth metals are also reactive enough for this purpose (not beryllium).
The problem is that if you've got a dust storm with these raw elements did happen, it would have much worse consequences than the rain being on fire. They are all highly reactive with other things as well as the water.
In May 2020, it was discovered what the previous spectra of WASP-76b, taken by the Hubble Space Telescope, were distorted by the light from a suspected stellar companion. Therefore, updated atmospheric model is cloudy hydrogen-helium envelope, non-detection of alternatively reported neutral iron (including "iron rain"), and only upper limits on oxides of titanium and vanadium. By 2021, the controversy was resolved by demonstrating that the tentative iron condensation signal may also appear due to the temperature asymmetry between leading and trailing limbs, although existing data does not allow distinguishing between the two scenarios. Combination of data from the Hubble and Spitzer space telescopes has allowed the detection of titanium oxide and traces of water in the atmosphere of WASP-76b though. A later, higher resolution spectrum, has features of ionized Li, Na, Mg, Ca, Mn, K, and Fe, but no ionized Ti, Cr, Ni, or molecular oxides of titanium, vanadium or zirconium were found.
The fine mist of oil and water from Limetree Bay Refining rained downon the community of Clifton Hill, showering the slick mix onto cars,gardens, rooftops and cisterns filled with rainwater that residentsuse for daily tasks.
Of course water and oil does not mix. The oil would stay on the surface of the drop. That is good because the water will keep the oil cool and keep it from evaporating off the surface. Your oil could come from terrestrial sources shooting up in the air and being carried by wind as was the case here. Or maybe spaceborne naphtha rains down on the planet and is captured by the rain on the way in.
While this could be correctly be described as "a lot of fires", there are stories from troops of soot, ashes, and still-burning "globs" falling from the sky, that had been caught in the winds and carried a distance.
You would need some form of additive in the rain because water doesn't burn. Water is essentially the ashes of H2 burning. Water also makes a good heat sink so any additive will have to overcome the heat soak of the water as it absorbs the heat and/or boils off.
Alkali metal powders, as referenced in this answer, are very pyrophoric solids. making a powder out of these metals hugely increases their reactivity as it exposes a much greater surface area of metal to the atmosphere. You'd not need to get them near a shower of rain for them to ignite, opening the container in the air would do! In my former life as a chemist I did make lithium powder (lithium sand) on occasion (under an argon atmosphere at all times). Sodium and potassium are more reactive and I wouldn't want to try isolating them as dry powders. Cesium and rubidium are many times more reactive, and liquid at near room temperature so it'd be impractical and extremely dangerous to try making powders of them. As mentioned elsewhere there's never been a sample of francium in existence big enough to consider for this purpose.
Fluorine is the most electronegative element and will react with just about every other element (apart from the light noble gases). This means it and its derivatives have the potential to oxidise (ie burn) things that are generally considered already fully oxidised. Chlorine trifluoride for instance, sometimes referred to simply as the "nope" chemical, is a colourless, odourless (because it sets your nose on fire), heavier-than-air gas which burns literally anything apart from a whitelist of a handful of chemicals, most of which are things that have already been oxidised by fluorine. In particular, it will oxidise water into an exciting concoction of hydrofluoric and hydrochloric acids which will then go on to burn other stuff.
A layer of this gas blanketing the ground would set the rain on fire, along with everything else. If through some weird atmospheric conditions you could concentrate it in a layer above the ground and then drop raindrops through it, they would indeed be on fire (explosively so) by the time they fell out the other side. Kind of like turned-up-to-eleven acid rain, that's also on fire. And exploding. While the sky was simultaneously on fire.
Imagine a situation where a really massive rocket powered by an alcohol (or another liquid stable at STP) rocket fuel begins to fail shortly after take-off in a rain storm. The engines cut out just as the fuel tank fails, splattering liquid rocket fuel into the air. The fuel doe not immediately ignite, but forms droplets. But as enough rocket fuel begins to volatilize, the still hot engines ignite the fuel, resulting in an explosion. Meanwhile, the droplets (which are mostly between 100-200 proof) are ignited by the explosion, and a rain of burning rocket fuel falls to the Earth (to be promptly extinguished by the rain, but we can't have everything).
So the water itself is kind of burning, but definitely the rain (of mostly rocket fuel) would be. The key would be for the rocket fuel to form droplets first, and not be immediately vaporized in an explosion.
If you're willing to move to Saturn's moon Titan, you might be able to do it. On titan, it rains liquid methane. There isn't any oxygen to combust with - but that could be the answer to your question:
How do I set fire to the rain (of methane on titan)? You provide Oxygen, and a bit of initial heat. Titan's atmosphere is 95% nitrogen and 5% methane, with the methane mostly in the upper part. So you might not cause an immediate explosion from gaseous methane in the "air", getting a nice burning rain going.
"Much of this song is really close to Ed's original demo," Kensrue explains. "As we got together and were jamming on the parts, I ended up singing the words 'Summer set fire to the rain.' While most of the things I end up singing during the writing process are nonsense, sometimes there are little gems that emerge, and I've been trying to pay more attention to them and pull them in to songs when it feels right. In this case, my accidental but poetic framing of being caught in the rain while the sun shines became a central metaphor for the song."
Sometimes you just need a good breakup song, and "Set Fire to the Rain" is it. This tune is all about moving on after the end of a relationship. Adele takes a little walk down memory lane and then she "set[s] fire to the rain." Whoa. Is it getting hot in here or is it just us?
One way to see this image is that Adele is figuratively drying her tears (i.e., rain) with fire. That's one way to get rid of them. It's time to move on and she's done feeling all this sorrow and sadness. She's not getting back with this guy (he's kind of a jerk anyway, per the song), so it's time to stop the waterworks. This relationship is over. It's done. It's up in smoke. Nothing's gonna rise out of these ashes.
Announcing that you will set fire to the rain is a bit grandiose and may get you a few strange looks at your next dinner party. Unless you happen to be doing your best Adele impression while quoting this, you might want to steer clear. 781b155fdc