4 Weird Weather Events That Will Send Shivers Down Your Spine

There are some weather phenomena that make you feel warm and fuzzy on the inside, like rainbows or iridescent clouds, and it’s as if everything good in the world has aligned. Then there are other weather events that make you feel like you’re in the middle of a horror movie and the world is ending before your eyes. We’ve already covered eerie winter events and UFO clouds, but buckle up because things are about to get even weirder.

Brinicle aka Finger of Death

Simply put, brinicles are like icicles that occur underwater. When oceans experience freezing temperatures, layers of ice form on the surface comprised of brine, a salt-heavy substance. Brinicles are formed when brine leaks into the sea, sinking and creating an icy finger-like formation. This is how scientist Bruno Escribano describes the process of the phenomenon: “Since the concentration of water in the brine is lower than that in the ocean — and water moves from high to low concentrations, via osmosis — water is attracted to the brine. But the brine is so cold that the water freezes, forming a descending tube of ice.” The underwater icicles can be a threat to small sea creatures that may wander into the extremely cold brine.

Fallstreak Holes

If you’ve ever seen a cloud that seems like it’s missing a big chunk in the middle of it, you’ve probably seen a fallstreak hole, or a “punch hole cloud”. When droplets in the cloud are super-cooled, meaning they’re at a temperature below freezing but aren’t frozen yet, large holes form. How exactly does this happen? According to the Cloud Appreciation Society, “The research has confirmed the long-held suspicion that an aircraft flying through the cloud can be enough to set off the freezing process. The expansion of the air as it passes over the aircraft wings and (for certain types of plane) over the blades of its propellers, causes it to cool. This momentary cooling can be enough to take the temperature down low enough for the droplets to start to freeze spontaneously.” These types of clouds are a rarity, so if you see one in person, consider yourself lucky!

Volcanic Lightning

Another term for this unique phenomenon is a “dirty thunderstorm”. Volcanic lightning occurs when rock fragments, ash, and ice particles from the volcanic plume collide together and generate a thunderstorm. However, there is still a lot of uncertainty about how volcanic lightning forms, since ash plumes are more difficult to study and a lot more unpredictable than supercells. One thing we know for sure is that it’s one of the most ominous and terrifying weather events to witness, and that it’s a weather mystery being researched by scientists across the world.

Fire Tornadoes

This is as terrifying as it sounds. A whirling storm of fire that’s a rare, but completely devastating event. Live Science describes the formation best: “As hot air rises from the ground, it forms vertical columns, or “chimneys,” until it becomes less dense, cools and then dissipates at higher altitudes. As more hot air is pulled into the rising column of fire, it begins to swirl in a vortex.” Fire tornadoes usually don’t last very long, but they can cause irreversible destruction to whatever lies in its path, as well as begin more fires.

Which of these events would you want to encounter the least? Let us know in the comments below!

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  1. The only weird weather event that I would want to encounter is a fall-streak hole, or a “punch hole cloud”. After all, it is a sign that God has spoken to us serenely. Do you agree with me on this, Dr. @twcerikanavarro? #shouttotheLord 😀

  2. That brinicle AKA “finger of death” seems like something out of a sci-fi movie, if I saw that, I would do a double take and then start taking pictures

    1. @alexwilson, of those weird weather events mentioned, the only one that I could tolerate is seeing a fall-streak hole, or a “punch hole cloud”. That feature indicates me to open the eyes of my heart. #cloudtomyheart 😀

  3. I’m not sure why Fallstreak holes would be considered spine shivering. Awesome, yes – scary, nope. Keep me away from unpredictable fire tornadoes! I’ll just watch them on tv.. or @firetornado memes. 🙂

  4. my favorite natural phenomenon is probably the fire tornado i have a collection of memes about them on my laptop and i cant wait to see one in real life

    1. @liana-brackett, please let me witness a fall-streak hole, or a “punch hole cloud”, when it happens. Keep me away from the other scary weather phenomena mentioned in this article. Those give me the creeps. #nowxshiversforme 🙂

  5. The fire tornado is the one I’d least like to see. I’ve seen a few fallstreak holes while I drove to work everyday along the flight path for planes coming from Atlanta to our local airport. They are very cool.

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