10 Awe-Inspiring Weather Phenomena

Added by Edan Barak on Jan 11, 2016

The phrase “it's raining cats and dogs” might be a well-known yet unlikely idiom – but it's not totally off the mark. There are reported cases of fish and frogs raining from the sky, as well as ice bombs attacking earthlings from above. This list takes a look at these strange and rare varieties of weather, some of which you might know only from myth and legend.


Red rain

As if straight out of a sci-fi movie, red blood rain fell between July and September 2001 in Kerala, India, as well as in November 2012 in Sri Lanka. Whichever way you look at it, seeing blood red drops fall from the sky is a scary phenomenon, but easily explained with science: the source is not blood, but rather chemical - the presence of bacteria or red soil particles. The latter can be from deserts, carried away by dust storms and coloring rain drops red. Usually the exact reasons for this phenomenon need to be researched as they can differ between geographic locations and seasons. Still, many people choose to believe that red rain is a result of extraterrestrial activity, and that does make it seem a lot more ominous.



A combination of low pressure, water funnels and dark clouds: waterspouts occur when low pressure under cumuliform clouds sucks water into a funnel, appearing as an impressive water tornado. This upright water column is held over a water body, and can move about fairly rapidly. One good thing about this phenomenon is that it quickly dissolves the moment the waterspout reaches soil away from the water body. The entire occurrence is of fairly short duration – causing little to no harm. The sight of a waterspout is said to be both an impressive and daunting experience.

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