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Roy Sullivan Struck by Lightning 7 Times!

Some would say Roy Sullivan was the unluckiest man to ever walk the planet. Or some might say he was the luckiest. The reason being, Roy Sullivan managed to survive being struck by lightning seven times throughout his life. You might be thinking, there’s no way that’s even possible and this is just another internet myth. But the fact is, all seven lightning strikes were documented and recorded by the superintendent of Shenandoah National Park, R. Taylor Hoskins, and all his injuries were verified by various doctors. Nicknamed the “Lightning…
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Lt. Col Rankin – Pilot Ejects Into Thunderstorm

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The year was 1959. Lt Colonel William Rankin, an experienced and veteran pilot of both World War II and Korea, was flying his F-8 Crusader on a routine flight from South Weymouth Naval Air Station, Massachusetts to Beaufort, North Carolina with his wing-man Lt. Herbert Nolan. At an altitude of 47,000 feet and a speed of Mach .82, they were avoiding the turbulent weather below, common in the area during the summer months. They where just minutes away from the start of their descent when trouble forced the 39-year old…
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Are Rogue Waves Real or Just a Myth?

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Skippers and captains from the earliest of times have reported freak waves of monstrous proportions, slamming into their ships sometimes causing massive amounts of damage and perhaps sometimes sinking them with little or no warning. For many years, these waves were thought to be mythical in nature and that there must have been some other logical explanation for the damage inflicted upon these ships or their sudden disappearance. It wasn’t until the last few decades that the answer was finally discovered; they are most certainly real. I wasn’t sure myself…
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Huge Chunks of Ice Fall From The Sky

huge chunks of ice fall from the sky

A strange phenomenon seems to be occurring all around the world, in which large chunks of ice fall from the sky. In many cases, there isn’t a cloud in sight. Certainly not a frequent event, but perplexing nonetheless. Unlike ball-lightning, the Lockness Monster and Big Foot, this phenomenon has been well documented with pictures and insurance reports, time and time again. Megacryometeor is a term used to describe a large block of ice that falls from the atmosphere under clear sky conditions. Just how large is large? Most have weighed…
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Weird Weather: When It’s Really Cold Outside

When it’s really cold outside, strange things start to happen. There aren’t too many eye-whiteness accounts of such conditions because it’s so cold it’s dangerous, and any exposed skin can instantly freeze resulting in frostbite. However, on one occasion at Snag airport in the Yukon of Canada, the temperature dropped to an official -81.4°F on February 3rd, 1947. There were 16 employees on duty at the time and two weather observers, Wilf Blezard and Gordon Toole, recorded the following observations: We threw a dish of water high into the air,…
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Record Low Temperature by State

The following is a list of record low temperatures for each of the 50 states and on what date that temperature occurred. These temperatures are official and don’t take into account wind chill. All these records are based on 2004 data: State Temperature Location Date Alabama -27°F New Market January 30, 1966 Alaska -80°F Prospect Creek January 23, 1971 Arizona -41°F Hawley Lake January 7, 1971 Arkansas -29°F Pond and Gavette February 13, 1905 California -45°F Boca January 20, 1937 Colorado -61°F Maybell February 1, 1985 Connecticut -37°F Norfolk February…
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Record High Temperature by State

The following is a list of record high temperatures for each of the 50 states and on what date that temperature occurred. These temperatures are official and don’t take into account heat index. All these records are based on 2004 data: State Temperature Location Date Alabama 112°F Centerville September 5th, 1925 Alaska 100°F Fort Yukon June 27th, 1915 Arizona 128°F Lake Havasu City June 29th, 1994 Arkansas 120°F Ozark August 10th, 1936 California 134°F Greenland Ranch July 10th, 1913 Colorado 118°F Bennett July 11th, 1888 Connecticut 106°F Danbury July 15th,…
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