There's a natural phenomenon known as β€œthundersnow”, which happens when thunderstorms form in wintry conditions, giving rise to heavy downpours of snow, thunder and lightning. metoffice.gov.uk/weather/…
The famously isolated Sentinelese hunter-gatherer tribe appear not to know how to set fire. They rely on natural fire from thunderstorms and keep the embers burning as long as they can. mentalfloss.com/article/2…
The creator of the Rainforest Cafe chain first tested out the concept in his house. He decorated it with 45 birds, 9 fish tanks, and many plants. He even set up fake thunderstorms. His neighbors thought he was crazy. adweek.com/galleycat/what…
It rains diamonds in abundance on Saturn and Jupiter. These two planets are the largest in our solar system and are filled with gas with extreme negative temperatures that under the effect of lightning produced by thunderstorms produce more than 1000 tons of diamond every year. nypost.com/2013/10/15/its…
During Vostok 4, Russian cosmonaut Pavel Popovich said that he was able to observe thunderstorms from his spacecraft. However, he forgot that the Russian word for thunderstorms was the agreed upon code word for extreme nausea requiring immediate landing, and his mission was cut short. astronautix.com/p/popovic…
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…
Caesar Rodney rode 70 miles in a thunderstorm, while it was night time to be the deciding vote for the Declaration Of Independence, arriving in Philadelphia in time for his crucial vote to split from the United Kingdom. history.com/news/founding…
Thunderstorms can cause headaches due to changes in barometric pressure. verywellhealth.com/weathe…
Ball lightning is weird, actually real and deadly. The strange phenomenon of ball lightning appears during thunderstorms and has been known to break through windows, with nasty results. nationalgeographic.com/en…
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…
On the night of September 10th, 2001, an artist by the name Monika Bravo filmed 7 hours of footage of a thunderstorm from the 91st floor of the WTC North Tower. She took the raw footage home with her that night. The next morning, both towers collapsed. The video she edited is found here: rendering.911memorial.org…
"dry lightning" and "heat lightning" are myths. They are actually just extremely distant thunderstorms. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hea…
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…
Le PΓ©tomane was a French professional farter. His act involved sound effects of cannon fire and thunderstorms, as well as playing "'O Sole Mio" and "La Marseillaise" on an ocarina through his anus. He could also blow out a candle yards away. His audience included royalty and Sigmund Freud. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Le_…
The Kuwae volcanic eruption affected the entire world. During the final siege of Constantinople the city's gardens failed and it was racked by a thunderstorm. There were crop failures in Sweden, the Chinese recorded countless died of cold and famine, and Mexican codices record frosts in fall. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kuw…
A "dirty thunderstorm" is a lightning strike inside a volcanic cloud bbc.com/earth/story/20150…
At any given time there are about 2000 thunderstorms around the globe producing approximately fifty lightning events per second. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sch…
Lightning can appear high above thunderstorms near the edge of space. Called "Sprites", the red lightning can be dozens of miles wide and is often shaped like jellyfish. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spr…
Today I learned of "Hector the Convector" - a reoccuring thunderstorm cloud that appears every evening in northern Australia en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hec…
Some guy attempted to beat a world record by playing QBert for 100 hours straight on a single coin... His attempt failed because a thunderstorm shorted out the game after 56.5 hours of continuous game play! ovalpike.com/100-hour-qbe…
Today I learned of Wang Pou, one of the 24 Confucian exemplars of filial piety. According to a legend, his mother was afraid of thunder. After her death, Pou would rush to his mother's tomb each thunderstorm to comfort her. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
Venezuela has the world's lightning capital in Lake Maracaibo which has nearly 300 nightly thunderstorms in a year. NASA recorded an average rate of 233 lightning flashes per square kilometer per year over the lake. cnn.com/2016/05/03/weathe…
There's a thunderstorm named Hector the Convector that forms nearly every day from September through March on the Tiwi Islands in Australia en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hec…
Today I learned of ball lightning. Not taken seriously by scientists until the 60s , it is said to be a ball of light seen during a thunderstorm that appear to move on their own. it is a rare and unexplained phenomenon and has only recently been studied by scientists. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bal…
Today I learned of thundersnow, which is exactly what it sounds like: a rare type of thunderstorm where it snows instead of rains. They come with heavy snow, poor visibility, strong winds, and lightning more destructive than a typical thunderstorm. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thu…
Two paragliders were sucked into a thunderstorm during practice. The updraft was so powerful that one pilot was sucked up to 19,000 feet and killed by a lightning strike. The pilot of the second glider passed out from the altitude, but woke up still airborne and covered in ice. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clo…
Future U.S. President Franklin Pierce grew homesick while at school in another town and walked 12 miles (19 km) back to his home. His father fed him dinner, drove him part of the distance back to school, then ordered him to walk the rest of the way in a thunderstorm. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fra…
What we (in the UK) call hail stones aren’t actually hail stones, they’re ice pellets. Hail stones generally fall in thunderstorms and don’t really form in cold weather en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hai…
In 1959 Colonel William Rankin became the only known person to survive a fall through a cumulonimbus thunderstorm cloud and suffered from frostbite, welts, bruises, and severe decompression as a result of the 40 minute fall. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wil…
Hurricanes can develope a second eyewall. Powerful bands of thunderstorms radiating outwards from the center of the storm meld together around the eye as the speed increases. This new concentric ring slowly tightens, sapping the eye of moister and eventually replacing it all together. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eye…
The clean smell in the air after thunderstorms is caused by ozone. gizmodo.com/what-causes-t…
In winter it is possible to have "thundersnow" - a thunderstorm with snow and hail as precipitation. sciencenewsforstudents.or…
Today I learned about William Rankin who was carried for 40 minutes to the top of a cumulonimbus thunderstorm cloud after ejecting from a fighter plane. taskandpurpose.com/incred…
A grave in Natchez, Mississippi was constructed to have a staircase leading to the coffin so the young girl who lay in it could be comforted during thunderstorms dalejyoung.com/the-strang…
In 1959 a pilot ejected from his jet at 45,000 feet and spent the next 40 minutes being thrusted up and down inside of a thunderstorm. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wil…
Fish raining from the sky over two days in a remote desert town in Australia, 326 miles from the nearest river actually happened due to being sucked by a thunderstorm before being dumped. telegraph.co.uk/news/pict…
"In April [2018], the Mallard Fire in the Texas Panhandle [USA] started a pyrocumulonimbus, a severe thunderstorm that produced 1-inch hail. Then on July 26 [2018], a large fire vortex... associated with the Carr Fire developed near Redding, California [USA]...with estimated winds up to 143 mph" noaa.gov/stories/ask-scie…
Thunderstorms can produce glowing orbs called β€œball lightning.” Though still largely unexplained, these β€œluminous spheres” move around for a few seconds and then disappear. britannica.com/science/ba…
Thunderstorms have been observed to create bursts of gamma rays far above the surface which in turn can produce positrons (a positively charged electron; antimatter) en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ter…
Certain types of music can reduce anxiety in dogs, which can be useful during fireworks, thunderstorms, and separation. In a study when solo piano at 50-60 bpm was played, 85% became more clam, and over half of the dogs went to sleep throughadogsear.com/resea…
In 1988, TACA flight 110 suffered a dual engine flameout during a thunderstorm. The pilot (who had lost an eye in a crossfire) managed to land the plane on a levee with only 1 minor injury. The plane was in such a good shape it was flown straight off the levee for repairs and returned to service en.wikipedia.org/wiki/TAC…
Thunderstorms produce antimatter science.nasa.gov/science-…
Heat Lightning is commonly used to describe lightning from a distant thunderstorm just too far away to see the actual cloud-to-ground flash or to hear the accompanying thunder weather.gov/safety/lightn…
Wildfires can spawn their own thunderstorms, known as pyroCbs. Lightning from these storms can spark additional blazes far away and send plumes of smoke and aerosols into the stratosphere. e360.yale.edu/features/fi…
On 10 August 2018 in England, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, a "'floating ball of fire'" -- ball lightning -- was "spotted during a thunderstorm outside an Essex care home." This "orb of fire" "drifted for 15 to 20 seconds...It exploded and caused damage to the woodwork." essexlive.news/news/essex…
A color photograph with a "luminous streak at the top" was taken by B. T. Matthias and S. J. Buchsbaum in August 1961 "during a severe thunderstorm" in Los Alamos, New Mexico, United States of America. That "luminous streak" may have been caused by "pulsating ball lightning" or "bead lightning." jstor.org/stable/24936503
Sprites "are major electrical discharges, but they are not lightning in the usual sense. Instead, they are a cold plasma phenomenon without the extremely hot temperatures of lightning that we see underneath thunderstorms." A "sprite's tendrils" can reach "100 kilometers above Earth's surface." earthobservatory.nasa.gov…
Ewa Wisnierska, a german paraglider, was sucked up by a thunderstorm cloud to an altitude of 32,631 ft. She lost consciousness due to hypoxia for 30 minutes and landed 3,5 hours later. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ewa…
There is such a thing as ball lightning which refers to reports of luminous, spherical objects that vary from pea-sized to several meters in diameter. Though usually associated with thunderstorms, the phenomenon lasts considerably longer than the split-second flash of a lightning bolt. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bal…
Today I learned about Marine Lt. Col. William Henry Rankin. The only known person to survive a fall from the top of a cumulonimbus thunderstorm cloud. taskandpurpose.com/incred…

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