Lightning strikes aren't completely uncommon, but they're rare enough that most of us haven't really paid attention to the effects they have on trees. Maybe we've seen a broken one every now and then, or even a charred tree, but have you seen one with fire glowing in the inside?
If you had to pinpoint the weirdest weather events on Earth, which would you say are the most out of this world? Raining frogs is the strangest in my opinion, but I haven't even heard of some of the world's weirdest weather phenomena until today.
Recently I saw a couple of freaky and fascinating things in a single night. First, while driving past the city, I saw the entire sky, clouds and all, against the city lights skyline. This might be a common sight for some, but for me it was incredible to see the clouds in the dark. Where I live, we usually only see the stars, moon and sometimes planets; it's just outside the city so the clouds only serve to obscure things. I never see them actually defined in the sky.
Seismic waves were found all around the world on November 11 and scientists still aren't sure of what to make of it. The U. S. Geographical Survey detected waves in Ethiopia, New Zealand, Spain and Zambia for twenty minutes. Usually these kinds of low-frequency signals are the result of volcanic activity. Researchers say that they've never seen anything like this, given that usually earthquakes release a big burst of energy followed by different types of waves afterward. But there was no earthquake to generate these waves, which are unlike any others ever measured before.
The upcoming solar eclipse is huge for a number of reasons and everyone seems to be making big plans to view it. You've probably heard about the horrendous traffic that is supposed to happen that weekend but did you know that there are some pretty freaky things that may occur, too?
The amazing picture above was just one of many that were snapped on a Florida evening last week, right after the announcement about the new Pope. Many people reached immediately for religious explanations, which truly does the natural world a disservice.
I'm a little surprised (and frankly a little disappointed) to see so few conspiracy theories springing up in the wake of Hurricane Sandy. But one theory that crops up over and over is the idea that Sandy was created by the secret ability of governments to control the weather. Either accidentally or deliberately creating a superstorm.
An Australian filmmaker named Chris Tangey recently caught one of the most frightening natural phenomena I can imagine: a tornado of fire, also known as a "fire devil."
That's exactly what happened to a couple in Ipswich, Australia in 1989. They woke up one morning with about 800 sardines in their yard. Geeze Louise!
It turns out fish showers aren't all that uncommon, well not THAT uncommon anyway. In 2004, Wales got a fish shower and in 2006 India got showered with fish too.
So, how is this all happening? It fish being picked up out of the water by a whirlwind and carried inland and dumped out on land. It's even more common with frogs!
In 2005, thousands of frogs landed on dry land nowhere near water in Serbia. The same type of crazy event happened in Minneapolis, Minnesota in 1901 and it made front page news. Evidently, there were so many frogs, people had trouble walking down the street. Can you imagine what these folks must have thought? Maybe the world was coming to an end.