There are many mysteries on this earth, but to this community, it’s safe to say weather mysteries are the most fascinating. How can some animals sense weather changes? What are marfa lights? How does ball lightning form?
Marfa Lights: In the small town of Marfa, TX there have been reports since 1883 of odd lights floating in the empty desert. There is absolutely nothing out on the landscape when they appear, so the origin of the lights is unknown. The Marfa Lights have gained so much fame that tourists now travel to the city to view them.
Mammatus/Undulatous Asperatus Clouds: Clouds are a common favorite weather marvel, especially mammatus and asperatus clouds. Mammatus clouds are strangely shaped due to the ice crystals inside weighing down then lifting back up. Asperatus clouds are wavy and dark, and unlike anything ever seen before. They have inspired the creation of a new cloud classification first time since 1953.
Raining Animals: Water animals can end up inland from a hurricane’s strong winds picking up water and displacing it, making it appear as if they came raining down from the sky. Among the most common animals are frogs, fish, and alligators.
Ball Lightning: This phenomenon is so rare that almost nobody has seen it- scientists didn’t even recognize it’s existence until the 1960’s when there were documented cases. It can be described as an electric ball of lightning that bounces around through space. Since there are so few occurrences of ball lightning, there aren’t pictures of the phenomenon. These photos are a rendering of what meteorologists believe it might look like:
Tornadogenesis: Tornadoes are a very mysterious phenomenon for storm trackers and meteorologists. The main question surrounding them involves how and why they form. The time between a tornado warning and a storm’s arrival is only 13 minutes, because they form so quickly and at random. For example, violent winds up to 300 mph sometimes don’t end up producing a tornado, which is quite surprising.
Animals Predicting Weather: Is it true that “If cows lie down, a rain storm’s coming around”? Yes, actually. Animals have biological basis that helps them predict weather. Cows drop to the ground to keep warm during a rainstorm because of the low temperature in the air, birds migrate south during the frigid winter, and elephants can sense thunderstorms from the padding in their feet.
Megacryometeor: Hail isn’t much of a mystery, but what about a a single, massive chunk of ice falling from a clear blue sky? Megacryometeors, otherwise known as “ice bombs”, fall from the sky on cloudless days. They can be destructive, as seen in the second picture below. There are many theories on where these random ice chunks could come from, like from the wings of planes, but the truth has yet to be discovered.
Transient Luminous Events: These TLE’s are comprised of three very rare phenomenon: red sprites, blue jets, and elves. These electrical occurrences happen over 60 miles above the earth’s atmosphere and is highly unlikely to experience in person.
Have you ever experienced or witnessed any of these weather marvels? Tell us about it in the comments!