Category: Weather

Interesting weather stories, myths, facts and pictures.

What Causes the Different Seasons?

Even though the Earth does pass closer to the sun during part of its orbit, this is not what’s responsible for the hot summers and cold winters. If this were the case, then both the northern and southern hemispheres would have their summers and winters at the same time. However…

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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…

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Lt. Col Rankin – Pilot Ejects Into Thunderstorm

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…

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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,…

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Paraglider Caught In Thunderstorm and Survives!

Thunderstorms are very powerful events. They can produce grape fruit sized hail, terrifying lightning, strong winds, torrential rains and tornadoes. But another less noticed product of a thunderstorm is the updraft, unless you happen to be caught in one while flying a paraglider. That’s exactly what happened to a German…

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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…

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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 theory being, the tape will prevent the windows from breaking. The fact is, tape will do nothing to help preserve your windows or protect your home. There are far better things to spend your…

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