Weather Myths & Facts

A bunch of weather myths and facts.

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. And 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 are we talking? Most…
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Can Lightning Strike the Same Place Twice?

As a kid, I remember adults saying lightning never strikes the same place twice. To this day, I still hear people referencing this old saying, or should I say, myth? Can lightning strike the same place twice? Lightning doesn’t have a memory, and if an object has been struck once, it is no less likely to be struck a second time. The shuttle launch pad at Cape Canaveral gets hit time and time again, sometimes more than once in the same storm. How about the Empire State Building in New…
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Is Ball Lightning Real?

Ball lightning is as mysterious as Big Foot and as controversial as UFO’s. No scientist has ever been able to conclusively prove its existence while at the same time no scientist has been able to prove it doesn’t exist. All we have are sketches and eyewitness accounts which unfortunately hold no weight in the scientific community. So where does that leave us? Is ball lightning real or is it just a myth? That may be a difficult question to answer. We do have a lot of theories that claim it…
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Taping Windows During a Hurricane

Some homeowners apply masking or duct tape to their windows in preparation for a hurricane. The fact is, tape will do nothing to help preserve your windows or protect your home. There are far better things to spend your time on when preparing for a hurricane. Unlike older windows made of plate glass, modern safety windows are much safer with respect to shattering into sharp pieces. They are also much stronger. Most windows are coated in clear acrylic or plastic that holds the pieces together should the window get struck…
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Do Surge Protectors Work Against Lightning Strikes?

Surge protectors are a common staple in just about every house that has a computer or expensive electrical equipment. They come in a variety of power ratings, which claim to protect the equipment should a power surge occur. And while that may be the case for smaller variances in the electrical grid, will they really protect equipment from a lightning strike? The short answer is, no. Small appliances and equipment use small fuses, which when exposed to an over-voltage melt. This breaks the electrical circuit by creating an air gap…
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Do Lightning Rods Attract Lightning?

Lightning rods have been around since Benjamin Franklin first discovered lightning was made of electricity. And by watching a thunderstorm, logic would conclude that if one were to position a metal rod at the highest point on a structure, a lightning bolt would strike it, direct the electricity into the ground, thus averting damage to the structure itself. Unfortunately, it’s not that simple. As strange as this may sound, metal doesn’t attract lightning. Nothing does. Lightning can strike anything, conductive or non-conductive, and what it does strike isn’t always obvious….
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What is a Heat Burst?

Many people that live in the mid-west are familiar with sudden changes in air temperature. They are usually associated with a passing cold front or the cool down-burst of a thunderstorm. However, on rare occasions, the air temperature can rapidly increase due to a phenomenon called a heat burst. Within a matter of minutes the wind speeds can exceed 65 mph and the air temperature can increase by 20°F or more. As strange as that sounds, they are well documented (see bottom of article). Even more intriguing, these events almost…
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