I have to say I had no clue that this happens around the world and I’m fascinated by this phenomena. Sure, it’s scary, but better die amazed than terrified, right? Check this list out!
The Penitentes are tall, thin blades of hardened snow and ice which form at high altitudes. At this altitudes, the sun’s rays are able to turn ice into water vapor without melting it first., resulting in jagged fields which face the same direction as the sun. It’s like a scene from Riddick!
12. Lenticular Clouds
Lenticular clouds are lens-shaped clouds that form when moist air flows over a mountain and piles into large and layered clouds. Looking like an odd zeppelin, these clouds are often mistaken for UFOs.
11. Morning Glory
Morning Glory clouds are incredibly rare, and we still don’t know what causes them. They’re most commonly seen at fall in the small town of Burketown in Australia. Incredible!
Waterspouts are vortexes, which occur over a body of water. Oddly enough, no water is sucked in and the sprout is made entirely from water given off by condensation. Can you believe it?
A glory is an optical phenomenon, similar to a rainbow, that resembles a halo. It occurs when light tunnels through air inside rain droplets and emit the light backwards. What, now?
Moonbows are rainbows produced by light reflected off the surface of the moon, rather than the sun. Obviously, the small amount of light reflected off the moon means that moonbows are quite faint.; but, one more think I’ve learned today.
7. Catatumbo Lightning
Looking at this beautiful picture,I’m thinking it doesn’t really matter its explanation. Howe,ver I have to say that at the mouth of the Catatumbo River in Venezuela, a very unique mass of storm clouds swirl, and they create the rare spectacle known as Catatumbo lightning. The storm occurs up to 160 nights a year, 10 hours per day and 280 times an hour.
6. Fire Whirls
Fire whirls are whirlwinds of flame, occurring when intense heat and turbulent wind conditions combine. That’s one dangerous combination!
5. White rainbows
The white rainbows form in fog, rather than rain. As the condensation reflects little light, the rainbow is made up of very weak colors; this is why it’s all looking so out of this world.
4. Fire Rainbows
Fire Rainbows are formed by light reflecting from ice crystals in high level clouds. Since the halos are usually so large, they often appear parallel to the horizon.
3. Sprites, Elves and Blue Jets
These colourful shapes are the result of electrical discharges in the atmosphere, caused by something like, say, a powerful sun storm.
2. Volcanic lightning
Volcanic eruptions produce immense amounts of electrical charge and static. As a result, sometimes a violent lightning storm occurs, looking like a sing right out of hell.
Brinicles are the underwater equivalent of icicles. They form beneath ice when a flow of saline water is introduced to ocean water. It looks like a water ghost, right?