The World's Weirdest Weather (Part 2)

April 20 2015

James Patten


Everyone likes to have a good moan about the weather. If it’s not too hot, it’s too cold, and the less said about the rain – or rather excess of it – the better! But sometimes we don’t realise just how lucky we are.

Mother Nature is a powerful force, and, every now and again, she likes to throw a curve ball into the mix in the form of some really weird weather.

Intrigued? Then you’re in luck, as here in the second part of our continuing series on The World’s Weirdest Weather, we’re going to take another look at some weather gone wild – enjoy!



Yes, you did read that right! And no, it’s not just the title of a terrible horror movie; firenados are real!

As the name suggests, these are an impressive mix of fire and a tornado. They’re one of nature’s finest spectacles. But they’re every bit as lethal as they sound… and look!

Firenados develop when tornado-like weather meets a ground fire. The result, giant spouts of flame sent soaring into the sky!

These intense, burning and whirling columns of fire only last a few minutes, which is why they have been observed so rarely. But this doesn’t make them any less dangerous. They can move pretty quickly, leaving a path of devastation in their wake!

Want to know the scariest thing about these spectacular weather events? They’re becoming more frequent!



Weather Bomb

Ever heard of a weather bomb? These dramatic weather events are no strangers to British shores. The term itself, however, is actually a US import. Until recently, weather forecasters here in the UK preferred to opt for the marginally less scary term ‘explosive cyclogenesis’.

A weather bomb is kind of like a regular storm, only much bigger and badder. They occur when dry air from the stratosphere flows into an area of low pressure. This causes the central pressure to drop rapidly, causing violent winds.

These weather phenomena are more ubiquitous than you might think. They’re more often found in other parts of the world, such as North America, but several of these have battered British shores in recent years too!



Catatumbo Lightning

Lightning can be pretty scary stuff. But trust us, Catatoumbo lightning is in a whole league of its own. This weirdo weather occurrence is pretty much the perfect storm and rages night after night without ceasing.

Luckily however, this interesting, if a little terrifying weather event occurs only in one place on Earth, the river Catatumbo in Venezuela – hence the name.

This spectacular light show brightens up the night’s sky roughly 160 nights per year, and can spark up to 260 bolts in a single hour. Pretty incredible right?!



So there you go, some of the world’s most unusual weather occurrences!

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