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10 Awe-Inspiring Weather Phenomena

Last updated on Jan 22, 2014
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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.

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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.

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Ice bombs

Many people actively believe that ice bombs – large balls of ice weighing around 50 pounds but also up to 100 pounds – are not related to weather at all. One theory suggests that ice bombs falling from the sky could be the result of ice build-up on aircraft wings. But can such volumes of ice accumulate on aircraft wings? The explanation remains doubtful. What is particularly surprising is that these large and heavy ice bombs are associated with clear skies. Ice bombs have also occurred during heavy thunderstorms. The sheer weight and impact of the falling ice bombs leave a considerable wake of destruction, and damage reported after these events is quite significant. To date, there is no confirmed scientific explanation for ice bombs.

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