50 Interesting Facts about Rare Weather Phenomena


31Morning Glory

Morning Glory

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



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.

33Fresh snow

Fresh snow

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.



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.

35Thunderstorm asthma

Thunderstorm asthma

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

36Tri-state tornado

Tri-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.

37Typhoon Longwang

Typhoon Longwang

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

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38Cyclone Bhola

Cyclone Bhola

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.

39California wildfire

California wildfire

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.

40Snow train

Snow train

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.


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