Every single person in the world experiences different types of weather every day. For instance, it’s damn cold where I’m typing, and it’s been raining for three days; I hate that about Spring. We are all accustomed to the likes of heavy wind, rain, snow or blazoning sunshine, but Mother Nature has some more extreme types of weather that she can throw at us.
Most of the more dangerous types of weather are relatively rare, meaning the likes of tornadoes, hurricanes, forest fires and sandstorms are something that the vast majority of people will not experience regularly. I guess those people who lost their house and now live on the streets would tend to disagree. But, just for the hell of it, let’s check out 10 incredible types of weather.
10. Colored Rain
While it is a rare occurrence to have rain fall in anything but its normal color, verified accounts have reported instances of bright yellow, dark black and even milky colored rain, as well as the more common red variety. The bizarre weather is the result of materials being carried into clouds by strong winds and mixing with the water to dye it a certain shade.
Waterspouts are fearsome weather phenomena that have been a constant menace to sailors. Appearing over large bodies of water, such as the sea or ocean, waterspouts appear as huge vortexes that appear to suck up water into the accompanying clouds. They are essentially tornadoes that appear over water rather than land, and will generally be formed throughout intense storms and strong winds.
8. Raining Animals
Throughout history there have been stories of the heavens opening up but instead of the common downpours like rain, hail or snow, the skies actually deposited animals onto whole towns. These tales can be heard across the globe, with reported accounts of fish, frogs and snakes falling instead of rain, filling up the roads and covering houses. Strong winds and waterspouts can lift animals from water and carry them into storm clouds that are travelling at high speeds before they are deposited when the storm dissipates.
7. Elves, Blue Jets and Red Sprites
Ever since humans first began taking to the skies in aircraft, pilots have landed telling tales of strange lighting in the sky while flying through or near storms, usually bright flashes of red, blue and green that only last for short amounts of time. While each of the different lighting effects has a different cause, they are the consequence of thunderstorms that cause electromagnetic and pressure changes in the atmosphere.
Hailstone is something that can cause great damage to crops and buildings in addition to the injury risk it can potentially pose to people who are caught in a hailstorm. However, hailstone pales in comparison to megacryometeor. They are huge chunks of ice that have been reported in the last two hundred years. Recent examples have included megacryometeors falling in Spain and Brazil and while they generally weigh only a few pounds, some have been found with a weight of more than 100 pounds.
5. Fire Rainbow
Fire rainbows are unique optical phenomena that share many of the characteristics of a regular rainbow. They appear in the sky, are formed because of the light from the sun that is refracted and have the same color spectrum. What makes them markedly different to an ordinary rainbow though, is that a fire rainbow appears not as an arc across the horizon, but in the clouds themselves giving them a spectacular appearance.
4. Ball Lightning
Reports of strange balls of electrical energy floating quickly around streets and the sky have puzzled scientists for hundreds of years. Researchers have been able to investigate the strange phenomena, despite its apparent unpredictability, and video footage has captured ball lightning as large as 15-feet wide. The most widely accepted explanation for the ball of lightning involves a bolt of lightning vaporizing dirt, causing a shockwave that causes the dust to rise upwards and glow brightly.
3. Roll Clouds
Roll clouds are an incredibly rare cloud formation that has an appearance of incredibly large tornadoes that have been turned horizontally. Otherwise known as an arcus cloud, the roll cloud is able to last for hours at a time and stretch across the sky for more than one hundred miles. Their distinctive shape and fast movement gives them their name, as they spin forwards.
2. Catatumbo Lightning
Catatumbo lightning is a weather phenomenon that occurs in Venezuela at the mouth of the Catatumbo River. Unique atmospheric features and strong winds create the perfect conditions for an almost continuous thunderstorm that creates hundreds of flashes of lightning over a very small area. The storms will generally last for entire nights and bathe the nearby lake in constant light.
1. Fire Whirl
Fire whirls are a very spectacular type of weather than can form in places experiencing intense heat. Also known as fire tornadoes or fire devils, the phenomena is actually not a tornado at all, instead they are more like an ordinary whirlwind as they are created due to the ground heating up the air around it, forcing it to rise from the ground at great speed.