The world continues to have endless debates about global warming and climate change, and whether the politicians or the scientist are right, only time will tell. What is evident, however, is that there is a great change in the weather phenomena and there are cases of increased flooding in certain regions, while others are recording record-breaking temperatures. However, floods and high temperatures are no anything new as far as the global climate is concerned. They are normal and we are used to them. However, there are certain weather phenomena that most people don’t’ get a chance to experience. For you to experience them, you have been living in the area they happen in or you have to go for expedited passport renewal and head over to those regions when they are happening. Here is a look at some of that phenomena-:
Aurora Borealis is also known as the Northern Lights, and it is a well-known weather phenomenon that if you want to experience, then you have to up north to certain places. It features colorful light displays believed to happen when charged sun particles enter the earth’s atmosphere and then increase their energy when they collide with other types of articles they find present in the upper atmosphere. Energy is then released by the particles of the sun leading to a display of a blend of light when they finally reach the lower energy states. They look like some kind of neon light works and they are a huge attraction in places such as Austria and Norway which offers very great sightings of them.
Most people are used to seeing the normal moon, while others, due to their locations on earth, they have never had the pleasure of seeing a full moon. But you will be surprised to learn about the presence of a colored moon which is one of the strangest weather phenomena that scientists are still grappling with coming up with the right explanation. It is, however, believed that the different colors which are sometimes seen on the moon featuring red, blue and orange, could be caused by either dust or smoke particles present in the atmosphere. Also, every time eclipses occur in the moon, the color of the moon is likely to change.
Brinicles is a strange phenomenon that happens in the seas when heat generated by the seawater rises above the sea ice, which then comes into direct contact with cold temperatures and this pushes the newly formed ice into salt channels or brines. In such a phenomenon, the temperature of the cold brine is always lower than that of the surrounding seawater, though it cannot freeze due to the presence of the salts in the water.
St. Elmo’s Fires
Have you ever witnessed something like a blue fire appearing around a lightning? If so, you may as well have witnessed the St. Elmo’s fire. This is a weather phenomenon which tends to create what looks like a blue fire which surrounds objects during a storm. It happens when there is a high voltage in the sky, with the ground below the thunderstorm area being electrically charged. The light is caused by protons and electrons of gas particles which tend to move away from each other due to the difference in the potentials. The blue color of the light is a result of the ignition of oxygen and nitrogen in the atmosphere.
You have probably seen a rainbow, but have you ever seen one appearing at night? A moonbow is also known as a lunar rainbow and it is a phenomenon that occurs when the light is reflected off the moon’s surface. They are never as colorful as the usual rainbows and they may sometimes appear to be white, though with certain photographic exposure, they may display other colors.
Rolls clouds refer the appearance of clouds like giant rolling pins in the sky. With this strange weather phenomenon, the clouds appear tubular and it is believed that this happens when there are changes in the air temperature where cold air sinks deeper to give room to warm and moist air to rise above the earth’s surface and climb to higher altitudes, thus causing the clouds to roll in that manner. Sometimes the rolling clouds look like a horizontal tornado, but harmless ones.
Thunder and lightning can be related to any season, but not winter. However, both may be witnessed during snowstorms and if you live in a country that normally experiences snows, then you won’t need to go for expedited passport renewal to see this. It can happen randomly at any place, so long as there is a snowstorm. The phenomenon happens when warm air is pushed upwards after the sun heats the ground, leading to the formation of unstable columns of air which then causes both hail and snow to form. For this to happen, there must be moist air near the ground and there must also be a mass of cold air forming right above the warm air.
Ball lighting usually appears like a luminous circle and sometimes appears at a lower speed than that of normal lightning. The lightning can be as big as 8 feet wide and they have been associated with tales that date back to the Middle Ages. It is believed that this is the phenomenon responsible for the death of Georg Richmann who was an electricity researcher in the 18th century.
You have probably seen fish splattered all over a street and far away from where you would normally expect to find them. Raining animals is not a phenomenon you can expect to see or hear about quite often, but it is some of the strangest weather phenomena you will ever come across. In the recent times, frogs were reported to have fallen from the sky in Japan, tadpoles in Hungary, and fish has been reported to rain in India, Australia, and the Philippines.
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