50 Interesting Facts about Rare Weather Phenomena

26Haboob

Haboobs are intense and giant dust storms that regularly occur in the dry regions of the world. They can speed up to 62 mph and cover everything you love with mud.


27. During the 2010 Siberian heat wave, bears began to dig up cemeteries and eat human corpses.


28. After Hurricane Katrina, Cuba and Venezuela were the first countries to offer assistance, pledging over $1 million, several mobile hospitals, water treatment plants, canned food, bottled water, heating oil, 1,100 doctors and 26.4 metric tons of medicine. This help was rejected by the US Government.


29. Fire rainbows are a rare cloud phenomenon formed by hexagonal ice crystals in high-level cirrus clouds. The halo is so large that the arc appears parallel to the horizon. They are called fire rainbows because they appear like a flame.


30. The opposite of the El Niño ocean-atmosphere phenomenon is La Niña, where the surface temperature across the eastern equatorial Pacific drops by 3 to 5 °C, which can lead to intense storms in some areas and severe drought in others.


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31Morning Glory

There exists a rare weather phenomenon called Morning Glory. Morning clouds are rotating clouds resembling a tube, which form parallel to the ground.


32. Rainbows appear as full circles when viewed from the air. They only appear as arches from the ground because there's no rain below the viewer.


33. Fresh snow absorbs sound, lowering ambient noise over a landscape because the trapped air between snowflakes attenuates vibration. That's why it gets so quiet when it snows.


34. A "Zud" is a Mongolian term for extreme winter weather that often kills livestock and causes famine. In 2010, 8 million head of livestock were killed by a zud.


35. Thunderstorms can trigger so many asthma attacks that emergency services can become overwhelmed. This phenomenon is called “thunderstorm asthma.”


36Tri-state tornado

When the deadliest tornado touched down in 1925 Missouri, people were taken by surprise. This was because the word 'tornado' was banned from US weather forecasts since the late 19th century due to hysteria. This mentality shifted after the tornado killed 675 ill-prepared residents.


37. Typhoon Longwang was the deadliest tropical cyclone to impact China during the 2005 Pacific typhoon season.


38. In 1970, an estimated 500,000 people were killed in one night when tropical cyclone Bhola hit the densely populated Ganges Delta region of East Pakistan.


39. In 2003, California's largest wildfire was started by a lost hunter who had made a fire to signal rescuers, and as a result, 15 people died.


40. In 2016, Anchorage, Alaska was so snow-starved they actually had to import 7 train cars full of snow for the starting section of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race.


41Belgium thunderstorm

In 1955, a thunderstorm in Belgium set off 40,000 pounds of buried explosives left over from the World War 1 battle of Messines. Luckily, the only casualty was a single cow.


42. The 1999 North Carolina “Tornadocane” was a supercell thunderstorm that produced multiple tornadoes, 165mph wind gusts and formed an “eye” on the radar.


43. Sundog is an atmospheric phenomenon that gives the viewer an impression that there are multiple suns in the sky.


44. On February 27, 1717, a series of massive snowstorms began in New England. A week later, 95% of the deer population had died and many single-story homes were completely buried.


45. In June 2008, a tornado hit Kansas State University's campus destroying only one building, their Wind Erosion Lab.


461993 Great Flood

During the Great Flood of 1993, a 23-year-old man named James Scott removed sandbags from an Illinois levee in order to strand his wife on the other side of the river so that he could keep partying. He received life imprisonment for “intentionally causing a catastrophe.”


47. The "Solar storm of 1859" was so powerful that telegraphs continued to operate after being disconnected, auroras were seen in the tropics, and miners in the Rockies thought the sun had risen early.


48. 1 inch of rain equals approximately 12 inches of snow.


49. Tsunamis in non-seabound lakes exist.


50. The Great Blizzard of 1888 was one of the most severe blizzards in the American history. It brought on 50 inches of snow in several states and a total of 200 ships were destroyed.

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