This one is The world’s most Amazing Phenomena, this is to show that in a way not everything is as alien as you think and also to show just how
powerful mother nature truly is.
Of course the first has to be:
Aurora Borealis Aka The Northern Lights
A truly spectacular sight to say the least, and one phenomena that has people flock from all over the world to see. This is caused when high energy
ions travel out to space at fast speeds of 300 to 1200 kilometers per second As the solar wind interacts with the edge of the earth’s magnetic
field, some of the particles are trapped by it and they follow the lines of magnetic force down into the ionosphere, the section of the earth’s
atmosphere that extends from about 60 to 600 kilometers above the earth’s surface.
Mammatus Clouds – Bumpy Clouds
This is something I do find amazing and kinda creepy at the same time, Priarily made from ice these clouds can extend for hundreds of miles in each
direction, individual formations can remain visibly static for ten to fifteen minutes at a time. These are normally an indication that a storm is a
Although it looks like a sea of blood this is actually caused by a high concentration of algae that accumulate rather rapidly. While some of these can
be relatively harmless, others can be harbingers of deadly toxins that cause the deaths of fish, birds and marine mammals. In some cases, even humans
have been harmed by red tides though no human exposure are known to have been fatal.
Supercell is the name given to a continuously rotating updraft deep within a severe thunderstorm (a mesocyclone) and looks downright scary. They are
usually isolated storms, which can last for hours, and sometimes can split in two, with one storm going to the left of the wind and one to the right.
They can spout huge amounts of hail, rain and wind and are often responsible for tornados, though they can also occur without tornados
A fire whirl, also known as fire devil or fire tornado, is a rare phenomenon in which a fire, under certain conditions --depending on air temperature
and currents--, acquires a vertical vorticity and forms a whirl, or a tornado-like effect of a vertically oriented rotating column of air.
Gravity Wave is caused by air displaced in the vertical plain, usually as a result of updrafts coming off the mountains or during thunderstorms. A
wave pattern will only be generated when the updraft air is forced into a stable air pocket.
Moon Bows are extremely rare, and can only be seen at night when the mood is low and either full or almost full.
Noctilucent clouds are atmospherically high clouds that refract light at dusk when the Sun has already set, illuminating the sky with no seeming light
Iv heard of this one many times over the years, its basically when it rains animals instead of water i.e fish, toads, birds etc , its meant to be rare
but it does happen. Meteorologists are still unsure of the cause.
The Fire Rainbow
A fire rainbow is an extremely rare phenomenon that occurs only when the sun is high allowing its light to pass through high-altitude cirrus clouds
with a high content of ice crystals.
The Green Ray or green Flash
Pretty freaky looking if you saw it, It is something that happens all be it briefly before a total sunset or sunrise.
This is a very rare phenomenon that involves ball-shaped lightning that moves much slower than normal lightning. It has been reported to be as large
as eight feet in diameter and can cause great damage.
Sprites, Jets, and Elves
Another very rare phenomina and one that was only discovered last century, as it is something that lasts only a second!! These occur in the
upper atmosphere in the regions around thunderstorms. They appear as cones, glows and discharges.
Sun dogs are atmospheric phenomena of the caused by the refraction of sunlight through ice crystals Such as those hosted in cirrus clouds
Natural phenomena that happen only in places between Chile and Argentina. It's a phenomena of snow in the high surface that pointed. It's caused by
strong wind in the Andes mountains.
A maelstom is basically a very big and powerful whirlpool, a free vortex; a free vortex with quite a downdraft. The original maelstrom was
Moskstraumen, which is caused by a very powerful tidal current.
Venezuela's Everlasting Storm
The mysterious "Relámpago del Catatumbo" (Catatumbo lightning) is aunique natural phenomenon in the world. Located on the mouth of the Catatumbo
river at Lake Maracaibo (Venezuela), the phenomenon is a cloud-to-cloud lightning that forms a voltage arc more than five kilometre high during 140 to
160 nights a year, 10 hours a night, and as many as 280 times an hour. This almost permanent storm occurs over the marshlands where the Catatumbo
River feeds into Lake Maracaibo and it is considered the greatest single generator of ozone in the planet
Light pillars appear as eerily upright luminous columns in the sky, beacons cast into the air above without an apparent source. These are visible when
light reflects just right off of ice crystals from either the sun (as in the two top images above) or from artificial ground sources such as street or
park lights. Despite their appearance as near-solid columns of light, the effect is entirely created by our own relative viewpoint.
Something I think we have all seen before, a red moon, blue moon etc and how eerie they are! When the moon appears lower on the horizon, rays of light
bouncing off it have to pass through a great deal more of our atmosophere which slowly strips away everything but yellows, oranges and reds.
Well that concludes the OP, and it truly is amazing how mysterious and wonderful mother nature can be. As always add your own if you find any
I'm not sure if this fits in here, but one of my favorites is synchronized fireflies.
For two weeks every June, busloads of visitors gather in the Smoky Mountains for a sight that scientists once believed to be impossible: thousands
of fireflies blinking in near-perfect unison, like strings of Christmas lights in the night air.
"From the right angle, you can see an entire hillside flashing together," said Andrew Moiseff, a biologist at the University of Connecticut in
Storrs. "It's one of those things that just makes you go 'wow.' "
Researchers have long debated why these male Photinus carolinus fireflies work together to put on such a spectacular show, rarely seen outside of
Southeast Asia. knoxnews.com
Noctilucent Clouds are very interesting phenomena. No one really knows how they work, but it seems that they first appeared after Krakatoa eruption in
1883 and have after that colored our nightly skies. They appear to be composed of tiny ice particles, but connection to Krakatoa eruption is still a
mystery. Maybe just people looked sunsets more after that eruption, and noticed the clouds.
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