The cone snail, one of the most venomous animals on earth, releases a cloud of insulin when a fish swims by, causing it to go into hypoglycemic shock, immobilizing it so it can inject the fish with a cocktail of up to 200 toxins museumsvictoria.com.au/ar…
During the Dust Bowl in the 1930s, storms were so severe that its clouds blew smoke as far away as Boston, MA. Red snow fell on New England in winter 1934-1935. It was the largest American exodus in history, with over 86k relocating to California. 1/8 of CA's populace is of "Okie" heritage. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dus…
A group of divers in the Caribbean were photographing a sperm whale when it decided to create a 'poonado' - a 30-metre wide bowel movement. This rarely documented defense mechanism allows the whale to hide in its own cloud of excrement until there's a moment it can escape into deeper waters. youtube.com/watch?v=r4JJW…
Today I learned about the Aerosol Masking Effect. Itβ€˜s an effect that aerosols have on Marine Stratocumulus (MSC) Clouds, causing them to hold more precipitation for longer amounts of time. MSC clouds reflect much of the solar radiation back into space - meaning more aerosols actually keep the Earth cooler. science.sciencemag.org/co…
Due to its remoteness and virtually constant dense cloud cover, Brazil's tallest mountain - Neblina Peak - remained undiscovered until the 1950s. summitpost.org/neblina-pe…
China launched a localized cloud seeding project in Beijing shortly before the 2008 Olympics, which successfully forced anticipated rains to fall before the event started. theguardian.com/sport/200…
In 1986, a limnic eruption at Lake Nyos in northwestern Cameroon killed 1,746 people. The eruption triggered the sudden release of a cloud of CO2 which rose at nearly 100 km/h and then descended onto nearby villages, displacing all the air and suffocating people and livestock. sci.sdsu.edu/how_volcanoe…
Cloud seeding is a type of weather modification that disperses substances into the air to increase precipitation (rain or snow) and serve as hail and fog suppression. It is widely practiced around ski resorts and airports. science.sciencemag.org/co…
Atomic tests were a tourist draw in 1950s Las Vegas. They advertised detonation times and best viewing spots to see the massive flash and mushroom cloud from the bomb test site, 65 miles away. Casinos flaunted their north-facing vistas, offering special β€œatomic cocktails” and β€œDawn Bomb Parties” citylab.com/equity/2014/0…
It takes approximately seven minutes for a raindrop to fall from the cloud to the ground. gpm.nasa.gov/resources/fa…
Today I learned of exploding lake syndrome, a rare type of natural disaster in which large amounts of dissolved carbon dioxide suddenly erupts from lake water, forming a gas cloud that can suffocate anyone within many miles. This happened in Cameroon in 1986, killing 1900 people and 3500 livestock. blogs.unimelb.edu.au/scie…
Benjamin Franklin's kite was NOT struck by lightning, but drew negative charges from a storm cloud. benjamin-franklin-history…
Tsar Bomba (most powerful explosive ever detonated by mankind; 4000x Hiroshima; 59 mi high mushroom cloud 10x height of Mt. Everest) was dropped with a parachute so the release plane could fly 28 miles away, giving the crew a 50% chance of survival... businessinsider.com/54th-…
The unit of measuring cloud cover is called an Okta, and goes from 0 (not a cloud in the sky) to 9 (sky obscured by fog or other meteorological phenomena) en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Okt…
Russia uses a technique called "Cloud Seeding" to try to prevent rain and snow during important holidays independent.co.uk/news/wo…
Saturn has a massive hexagon-shaped cloud in its north pole whose cause is hypothesized to be either a six-sided jetstream or changing of seasons on the planet itself. solarsystem.nasa.gov/reso…
The cloud symbol was used to represent networks of computing equipment in the original ARPANET by as early as 1977, and the CSNET by 1981β€”both predecessors to the Internet itself. References to "cloud computing" appeared as early as 1996 in a Compaq internal document. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clo…
Australia's 2019 fires was so large it created a Pyrocumulonimbus cloud, made from smoke and fire, an explosive thunderstorm cloud which ravaged tens of thousands of acres in thunder and ash. cbsnews.com/news/fires-in…
Today I learned of Red Cloud, a Volvo DL Wagon driven by Canadians Ken Langley and Garry Sowerby that circumnavigated the globe in 74 days through Australia, India and the Eastern Bloc, setting a Guinness world record. The car was equipped with neither AC nor Power Steering. timescolonist.com/bill-va…
Pluto is only about 1/4,000 or .0004 of the way to the edge of the solar system. Pluto is 39 AU (5.9 billion or 5.9 x 10^9 km) from the Sun. The edge of the Oort Cloud, the most distant group of objects in the Solar System, is thought to extend to 100,000 AU (1.5 x 10^13 km). universetoday.com/104486/…
There is a giant cloud of antimatter, 10,000 light years wide, at the center of the Milky Way nasa.gov/topics/universe/…
Today I learned about the cloud formation Asperitas, chaotic, wavy underneath formation. Only officially recognized in 2017 whatsthiscloud.com/cloud-…
Touch the Clouds was a Chief of the Lakota Indian Tribe. He was a friend of Crazy Horse. Fought in The Battle of Little Bighorn. Some historians report he was around 6'10, 280 pounds. He was a great warrior, highly intelligent, diplomatic and well respected by Natives and white men alike. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tou…
'Chemtrails' are a thing (kind of). 'Cloud Seeding' is a surprisingly wide used method where planes are spraying chemicals (like sodium chloride aka salt) into clouds to increase the amount of precipitation e.g. to try getting more rain in dry regions. youtu.be/8GQAXxmiSdk
In 2015 "Hello Barbie" was released. She used speech recognition and connected to wifi. When you pressed her belt buckle, Barbie saved what you said to the cloud so she could learn your likes and dislikes and incorporate them into future conversations. Some parents found it "too creepy". money.cnn.com/2015/03/11/…
Today I learned about the 'Brocken spectre' where the observer's shadow is magnified and cast upon clouds opposite the Sun's direction. The figure's head is often surrounded by halo-like rings of coloured light when water droplets in clouds refract and backscatter sunlight. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bro…
Today I learned of NASA Vehicle Assembly Building which is the world's 4th biggest building by volume. It's so large that it has its own weather, with rain clouds forming below the ceiling on humid days. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Veh…
The Republic of Estonia is digitalized and their government is completely running in the clouds. nbcnews.com/news/world/da…
Wildfires make clouds called pyrocumulus (fire cloud) as smoke rises and condenses in the upper atmosphere along with the water evaporating from burned plants. If it's big enough it becomes a pyrocumulonimbus (fire storm cloud) with its own wind system. lightning and even fire whirls (tornadoes) scijinks.gov/firestorm/
Today I learned of Douglas "Wrong Way" Corrigan, who in 1938 flew across the Atlantic in an experimental aircraft. Despite the Air Traffic Controller deeming it a suicide flight, and a fuel leak, he successfully completed the trip. He claimed to have lost his way in the clouds and lost his license for 2 weeks. historynet.com/the-advent…
Prior to the Beijing Olympic games, China used contreversial weather manipulation techniques to ensure that there would be no rain during the opening ceremony. Its cloud-seeding weapons included 6,781 artillery guns and 4,110 rocket launchers. nbcnews.com/id/23397205/n…
Clouds can weigh up to 1 million pounds. They can only float because the air under them is heavier. So the less dense clouds can float. usgs.gov/special-topic/wa…
An "okta" is a unit equal to 1/8 of the sky. Cloud conditions are measured in oktas, so the scientific difference between "partly sunny" and "mostly cloudy" is 1 okta. mentalfloss.com/article/5…
Large wildfires create flammagenitus clouds. Sometimes moisture in the air condenses into these clouds and then falls as rain, extinguishing the wildfires that created it. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fla…
Candy Cigarettes were introduced in late 19th century. They were wrapped in paper and packaged to resemble cigarettes. Some contained powdered sugar, allowing users to blow and produce clouds of sugar, imitating smoke. Candy cigarettes are currently banned in many countries including the UK. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Can…
Kokura was the primary target for the atomic bomb on August 9, 1945, but on the morning of the raid, the city was obscured by clouds. Consequently, the pilots diverted to the secondary target, Nagasaki. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kok…
Today I learned about the 1904 Olympics marathon. Due to poor organisation, dehydration, food poisoning, wild dogs, drugs, and dust clouds out of the 32 original contestants, only 14 completed the race. A passing postman managed to come in 4th place avclub.com/the-1904-olymp…
Scientists applied Einstein's Theory of Relativity to Luke and Leia's journeys to Cloud City in Empire Strikes Back and calculated that Leia would be nearly two years older than Luke radiotimes.com/news/2015-…
Heat Lightning isn’t an actual type of lightning. It’s the reflection of lightning on clouds from a thunderstorm so distant (and obscured by hills, mountains, curvature of the Earth, etc.) that we can no longer hear the accompanying sound. farmersalmanac.com/what-i…
70,000 years ago, a Red Dwarf star passed very close (In astronomy terms) to our Solar System. So close in fact, that it passed through the Solar System's outer shell known as the Oort Cloud and nudged some Comets out of their orbits. It may've been visible to early Humans and Neanderthals. phys.org/news/2018-03-evi…
The phrase "to be on cloud 9" actually comes from the cloud Cumulonimbus(the tallest of clouds) which was on the ninth position in the International cloud atlas of 1896. weathergamut.com/2011/10/…
In 1972 a Royal Air Force Harrier was struck in the engine intake by a large bird. After hearing irregular sounds in the engine the pilot ejected, only to watch his plane ascend beautifully into the clouds. It flew for 38 miles without a pilot before running out of fuel. aviation-safety.net/wikib…
Las Vegas was once known as the β€œAtomic City” due to its close proximity to the Nevada Test Site. Visitors to the city witnessed mushroom clouds and were exposed to the radioactive fallout of over 100 nuclear detonations during the 50’s and 60’s. en.wikipedia.org/w/index.…
Catatumbo lightning is an atmospheric phenomenon in Venezuela. It occurs only over the mouth of the Catatumbo River. It originates from a mass of storm clouds over nearby mountains, and occurs during 140 to 160 nights a year, 10 hours per day and up to 280 times per hour. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cat…
Today I learned about Ewa WiΕ›nierska, a german paraglider that got surprised by a thunderstorm and got sucked up by a cumulonimbus cloud to an altitude of 10.000m (33.000ft). She survived temperatures of -50*C and extreme oxygen deprivation at a height higher than the Mt. Everest. directexpose.com/paraglid…
Today I learned of the Beijing Weather Modification Office, used by the government to control the weather on demand. Examples include creating real snowfall for New Years Day and moving clouds away from the Olympic Stadium to prevent rain by firing chemicals into the sky. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bei…
β€˜rainbow clouds’ known as a Circumhorizontal arc form when ice crystals formed in the Earths atmosphere refract sunlight to form a rainbow arc or halo around the sun. When clouds pass over these arcs the light is refracted into the clouds giving this β€˜rainbow cloud’ effect. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cir…
The United States only lost 1 of its first 50 conflicts. Every other war was either a US victory or had no clear victor. The first official defeat was in Red Cloud's War (1866) against the Lakota Tribe. Since then, the US has lost 5 out of 65 conflicts, for a total 95% win rate. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
Today I learned about Stank Baker, a man who had been booked to fly on the 1931 Avro Ten Southern Cloud disappearance only to cancel his flight and travel by train instead which saved his life. Because of this, he gained a fear of flying which became justified when he was killed by another flight 19 years later en.wikipedia.org/wiki/193…
Today I learned about Project Cirrus the first attempt to modify a hurricane by dropping nearly 180 pounds of crushed dry ice into the clouds of the storm. The hurricane changed direction and made landfall near Savannah, Georgia. en.wikipedia.com/wiki/Pro…

Please note that this site uses cookies to personalise content and adverts, to provide social media features, and to analyse web traffic. Click here for more information.