Funny/Weird Weather Facts

Friday, October 11th, 2013

Funny/Weird Weather Facts

Did you know that…

  • if the earth were flat, water would cover everything in a layer two miles deep
  • if you don’t have a telescope projector or welder’s glass to watch a solar eclipse, just look for the nearest tree. The shadows it casts will be in the same crescent shape of the eclipsing sun as an inverted image of it projects through gaps in the leaves.
  • “monster” waves at over 100 ft. tall can suddenly appear at sea when there is no storm to cause them
  • socks and shoes may be knocked off if struck by lightning
  • once in England, because of a water spout, it rained frogs
  • glass is made of sand
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  • moon bows are rare, only seen at night when the moon is low and almost full, similar to a rainbow
  • colored moons are due to different atmospheric issues and could turn to colors such as blue, orange, and red
  • a fire whirl is either a tornado spinning too close to a forest fire or a whirl created from too much heat in the area
  • a fire rainbow is extremely rare: it occurs only when the sun is high, allowing light to pass through high-altitude cirrus clouds with a high content of ice crystals
  • ball lightning is lightning that moves much slower than normal, could be as large as 8 ft. in diameter, and can cause great damage
  • sprites, jet, and elves are cores, glows, and discharges that appear in regions near thunderstorms
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  • sometimes fish can rain from the sky
  • “ball lightning” are balls of light that float through air during storms, range in size from golf ball to football
  • “bloody rain” is red-colored rain which carries reddish sand from desert regions
  • “seeing triple” is an optical illusion where you can see “ghost images” of the sun
  • the metaphor once in a blue moon can literally happen, but very rarely, as the phrase implies 🙂
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  • “watermelon snow” is green algae containing secondary red carotenoid pigment and chlorophyll
  • “snow rollers” are rare, large snowballs formed naturally as chunks of snow are blown by wind
  • highest snowfall ever recorded was 1224 inches in one-year period
  • On April 4, 1986, Bangladesh was hit by the biggest hailstones ever recorded–1 kg each–killing 92 people
  • the metaphor once in a blue moon can literally happen, but very rarely, as the phrase implies 🙂
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  • there are approximately 1800 thunderstorms occurring in the earth’s atmosphere at any given time
  • thunderstorms can create gusts of wind that can develop additional thunderstorms 100 miles away
  • a US government study showed that one small thunderstorm held more than 33 million gallons of water
  • in 1967, a hurricane unleashed 115 tornadoes over Texas
  • the world’s windiest place is Port Martin, Antarctica, with an average wind speed of 40 mph
  • 9 out of 10 lightning strike victims survive
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  • in 10 minutes, a hurricane releases more energy than all the world’s nuclear weapons combined
  • rain contains vitamin B12
  • the speed of a typical raindrop is 17 miles per hour
  • winter of 1932 in U.S. was so cold that Niagara Falls froze completely solid
  • you can use pinecones to forecast the weather: the scales on the pinecones will close when rain is on the way
  • the fastest wind speed ever recorded is 318mph in one of the tornadoes to hit Oklahoma on May 3, 1999

Real Life Sharknado! There have been 5 documented cases of sea life raining from the sky after being scooped up by waterspouts.

  • Fish – residents of Agusan del Sur in the Philippines were surprised by dozens of 3-inch mudfish raining from the sky.
  • Frogs – in 2005, a “frognado” was reported in the Serbian town of Odzaci.
  • Jellyfish – in 1894 out of Bath, England jellyfish, rained by the thousands.
  • Worms –  in Jennings, LA, in July 2007, shortly after a waterspout was reported 5 miles from town.
  • Alligators – in South Carolina in 1887 – eight alligators dropped from the sky.

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