Carl Weathers was a retired NFL linebacker who had only done minor acting roles when he auditioned for the part of Apollo Creed in Rocky. He got the role because during the audition, he said Sylvester Stallone wasn't a "real actor" and Stallone thought it was something Creed would say. hollywoodreporter.com/new…
Today I learned of longest ever US presidential inauguration speech was made by William Henry Harrison running 8445 words. the speech was so long, and the weather so terrible, that Harrison caught pneumonia and died on April 4th, making him the shortest reigning US president ever. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wil…
Today I learned of Capt. James Martin Stag, President Eisenhower's Chief Meteorologist, whose defiant decision to delay the Allies' invasion of Normandy from June 5th to June 6th due to weather conditions was dubbed "The most important weather forecast of all time". usatoday.com/story/weathe…
In 1908 a meteorite hit Russia with hundreds of times more power than an atom bomb, destroying 500,000 acres of forest, knocking ppl over 40 miles away and causing weather events around the globe - but no one was killed and no impact crater was found. history.com/news/6-bizarr…
Recently declassified military documents revealed that a solar storm detonated U.S. navy mines during the Vietnam War. Scientists are urging governments to take space weather more seriously as it could have severe consequences on our Earth. scientificamerican.com/ar…
In WWII, weather reports were censored to prevent enemy submarines from learning about conditions. A football game in Chicago was so covered in fog that the radio announcer couldn't see the field, but afterwards he was officially thanked for never using the word "fog" or mentioning the weather. wikipedia.org/wiki/Office…
Today I learned of the old adage: β€œRed sky at night, sailor's delight. Red sky in morning, sailor's warning". By basing the color of the sunset/sunrise one can tell of the weather conditions for that day/night. loc.gov/everyday-mysterie…
Today I Learned that tsunamis can happen in the Great Lakes, but they are caused by weather phenomenon, not by seismic activity. canr.msu.edu/news/are_the…
The Queen actually has two birthdays- one that was determined by the commonwealth and changed to be the second saturday of June, and another that is her actual one which is the 21st of April. The birthday is changed in order to guarantee better weather for celebration time.com/5248082/queen-el…
The Weather Channel released a Smooth Jazz CD based on the music played during its local weather segments; the CD topped Billboard’s Contemporary Jazz charts (2007) en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
In 1980, a woman named Jean Hilliard had a car accident. She walked 2 miles in freezing weather to her friend's house and collapsed 15 feet away from the door. The temperature dropped to βˆ’22 Β°F (βˆ’30 Β°C). She was found frozen the next morning after spending 6 hours as a popsicle. She survived. youtube.com/watch?v=HOcGZ…
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…
In the movie Twister, the Dorothy unit shown in the film was not complete science fiction but based on NOAA's real TOTO unit, and the film props are now displayed with the real device at the National Weather Center. noaa.gov/stories/noaa-tor…
Commercial airline pilots help make weather forecasts more accurate npr.org/sections/coronavi…
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…
Radioactivity was discovered accidentally due to bad weather. H. Becquerel stopped his experiments on uranium that required sunlight in an overcast day and put uranium crystals and photographic plates away in a drawer. When he opened the drawer, he discovered the radioactive nature of uranium. aps.org/publications/apsn…
The coldest temperature recorded was -144Β°F in Vostok Antartica. Humans can’t inhale air that cold for more than a few breathsβ€”it would cause your lungs to hemorrhage. Russian scientists ducking out to check on the weather station would wear masks that warmed the air before they breath in. nationalgeographic.com/ne…
The US Air Force had a special forces unit of weather men. military.com/special-oper…
UK boys asked to wear shorts to school instead of pants during hot weather but got told no. A mom said: β€œMy 14-year-old son wanted to wear shorts. The headteacher told them: 'Well, you can wear a skirt if you like’. So many boys wore skirts. The school allowed shorts starting the next year. theguardian.com/education…
'Lluvia de Peces(rain of fish)' is an annual weather event in which hundreds of fish rain from the sky onto the city Yoro in Honduras and that has allegedly been occurring for more than a century. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Llu…
The British monarch celebrates two birthdays, one on their actual birthday and then officially in the summer when the weather is nice enough for a parade. bbc.co.uk/newsround/36489…
Today I learned about Operation Popeye, when the US military successfully controlled the weather by seeding rain clouds, extending the monsoon season in Vietnam by a month. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ope…
Today I learned of the "Elfstedentocht" (eleven city tour). An ice skating tour held on natural ice in the province of Frisia. It visits all 11 historical towns in Frisia and spans almost 200 km. It can only take place when the weather is favorable and has only taken place 15 times since the first one in 1909. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elf…
In 1900 A category 4 hurricane was raging through the Bahamas. The advanced weather stations in Cuba tried to inform the US Weather Bureau that it was headed west to Texas. They ignored the Cubans and claimed it was headed north instead. The hurricane hit Texas killing up to 12,000 people. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/190…
Today I learned about a Siberian Husky named Togo, he led his dog team on the 1925 Serum Run (bringing meds to stop a Diptheria epidemic), in -40Β°C weather. They set the record for longest distance and fastest team to do the run. However a dog named Balto received all the praise, including a statue. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tog…
Today I learned about "Black Sunday", Disneyland's disastrous opening day. Asphalt poured that morning melted in the 101 Β°F weather, counterfeit tickets added 3x the park's capacity, a plumbers' strike forced Walt to choose running toilets over water fountains, vendors ran out of food, rides were hijacked, etc. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dis…
Today I learned about Patton's Prayer. During The Battle of the Bulge, clear weather was desperately needed to advance. He asked a chaplain to write him a suitable prayer. The chaplain complied, and the ensuing prayer was handed out to the troops. The weather cleared, and Patton gave the chaplain a Bronze Star. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jam…
Before the advent of modern toilet paper many different materials were used for the same purposes. Different materials were used depending upon the country, weather, customs and status. People used leaves, grass, ferns, corn cobs, maize, fruit skins, seashells, stone, sand, moss, snow and water. toiletpaperhistory.net/to…
The US's National Weather Service has a computer model to predict storm surges due to hurricanes called the Sea, Lake and Overland Surges from Hurricanes model, or SLOSH. nhc.noaa.gov/surge/slosh.…
Today I learned about The Mad Trapper of Canada. He opened fire on policemen, fled 85 miles in -50 degree weather in 3 days, climbed a 7,000 foot mountain during a blizzard, and was finally shot dead by a WWI ace. The only sound he ever made was laughter as he killed a policeman. His identity is still unknown. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alb…
During the Vietnam War, the U.S. spent roughly $3 million each year on weather modification campaigns designed to draw out the monsoon season and even one campaign involved an attempt to flood the Ho Chi Minh Trail, the main route that enemy fighters were using to deliver their supplies. finance.yahoo.com/news/ch…
Napoleon's defeat at Waterloo was partly due to a volcanic eruption in Indonesia. Electrically charged volcanic ash short-circuited Earth's atmosphere in 1815, causing global poor weather. Rainy and muddy conditions helped the Allied army defeat Napoleon. phys.org/news/2018-08-nap…
Nomadic Maasai herders in Kenya's savanna use mobile phones to alert each other to dangerous wildlife, and those with basic phones call friends with smartphones to find out the weather forecast mediashift.org/2017/07/sa…
NASA and NOAA feared 5G would mess up weather forecast sciencemag.org/news/2019/…
Many trains have a "sanding system" that allows sand to be strewn onto the tracks in front of the wheels to increase traction during adverse weather. metrostlouis.org/nextstop…
Today I learned about the Catatumbo lightning in Venezuela, a weather phenomenon that causes up to 280 lightning strikes an hour for about 150 days out of the year. tripsavvy.com/venezuelas-…
Today I learned of the Kiplingcotes Derby, the world's oldest horse race (1519). The rules state it must be run every year or never be run again. The weather has threatened the race several times, causing a single rider to lead a horse around the track to prevent the race from being canceled permanently. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kip…
In 1918 the SS Princess Sophia became grounded on Alaska's Vanderbilt Reef. Worsening weather ruled out any chance of a rescue. Two days later she sank with the loss of all 364 people on board. A dog was the only survivor. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SS_…
Today I learned of Lewis Fry Richardson. He derived many of the complex equations needed for weather prediction in the 1920's. However, the math was so difficult that to predict the weather six hours in advance, it took him six weeks to do the calculations. bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-…
Helly Juell Hansen was a Norwegian captain that first produced clothes in 1877 to protect his crew against the harsh Nordic weather. His revolutionary new product infused linseed oil into cotton fabric. 141 years later, in 2018 the company was sold to Canadian Tire for $985 million. hellyhansen.com/about-us/…
Greenland has four distinct Time Zones that cross its boundaries but the country is broken up into UTC0, UTC-1, UTC-3 and UTC-4. UTC-2 is only used during daylight savings. UTC0 is outside the country but the weather station Danmarkshavn, is set to European time for ease of reporting. howderfamily.com/blog/tim…
In 1980 a Jean Hilliard had a car accident. She walked 2 miles (3.2 km) in freezing weather to her friends house and collapsed 15 feet (4.6 m) away from the door. The temperature dropped to βˆ’22 Β°F (βˆ’30 Β°C). She was found frozen the next morning after spending 6 hours as a popsicle. She survived. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jea…
Today I learned of a Floridian man who committed suicide, and by using a weather balloon to carry off the gun, made it appear he'd been murdered. edition.cnn.com/2018/07/1…
Scandinavians are adamant about letting their children nap outside, even in cold weather. Parents report that babies take longer and deeper naps when they sleep comfortably bundled up outside. amp.timeinc.net/time/4968…
During WWII, the British launched nearly 100,000 weather balloons trailing long metal wires toward occupied Europe, causing power outages when they shorted out power lines and causing at least one German power station to burn down. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ope…
"Cloudbusting" was a term coined by psychoanalyst wilhelm reich to describe manipulation of "orgone energy" to change the weather, through a specially designed machine. The term was later used as the subject and title of Katie Bush's single 1985 single, Cloudbusting. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clo…
Al Roker holds the world record for the longest uninterrupted live TV weather report: 34 hours, at NBC Studios in New York from November 12 to 14, 2014. guinnessworldrecords.com/…
Meteorologists rely in part on data from commercial planes to accurately forecast weather. Under European regulations, all large aircraft must carry Mode-S EHS an enhanced surveillance navigation apparatus. Data collected by this apparatus is used to extrapolate wind speed and temperature. met.ie/what-are-mode-s-da…
The University of Wisconsin - Madison operates over half of the weather stations in Antarctica en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ant…
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…
Today I learned about the Daigo FukuryΕ« Maru, a Japanese tuna fishing boat with a crew of 23, that was showered by the fallout from a thermonuclear weapon test at Bikini Atoll on March 1, 1954. The blast was more powerful than predicted, and changes in weather blew the fallout outside of the posted danger zone. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dai…
In the mid 19th Century, the belief persisted that weather was completely unpredictable. When one MP suggested in the Commons in 1854 that recent advances in scientific theory might soon allow them to know the weather in London "twenty-four hours beforehand", the House roared with laughter. bbc.com/news/magazine-324…
Today I learned about the Great Famine of 1315-1317, caused by extended poor crop weather. It was marked by extreme levels of crime, disease, mass death, and even cannibalism and infanticide. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gre…
Today I learned about Carlos Dardano, the one-eyed captain of TACA Flight 110, who at age 29 made a deadstick landing onto a 700ft muddy grass levee near Lake Pontchartrain after suffering double engine flameout in unforecasted bad weather. He was shot in the face 5 years prior, taking off from El Salvador. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/TAC…
: The Great Stink was an event in central London in July and August 1858 during which the hot weather exacerbated the smell of untreated human waste and industrial effluent that was present on the banks of the River Thames. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gre…
A Florida man faked his murder by shooting himself with a gun tied to a weather balloon. The gun and balloon were never found. usatoday.com/story/news/n…
The Canadian province of Alberta is notable for being the largest inhabited area on Earth which is free of true rats due to very aggressive government rat control policies and harsh winter weather. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rat
During the Cold War, the CIA could identify KGB cars in the Soviet Union because they used windscreen wipers compared to the rest of the public who didn’t. The KGB continued to use windscreen wipers to maintain a visual on their targets. Especially during bad weather. Link P219 epdf.pub/download/the-mas…
There exists a bodyguard crew of rangers in Belize, known as the Scarlet Six Biomonitoring Team, who camp out in inclement weather, night and day for the 5-month long portion of the Scarlet Macaw breeding season when chicks are being cared for, dedicated to stopping insane poaching levels. audubon.org/magazine/spri…
The November 2005 Evansville Tornado formed in Kentucky and crossed the Ohio River three times, destroying a horse track and demolishing a mobile home park. Though a 30 minute warning was given, the NOAA transmitter had malfunctioned, causing some weather radios to not sound. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eva…
5GHz Wi-Fi could visibly interfere with Doppler weather radar prior to the implementation of DFS - so badly, in fact, that it shut down Hungry's weather radar system for over a month. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dyn…
In the Great Depression, there was a fleet of "book women" who delivered books, regardless of weather, to rural communities in Appalachia. These women would ride 100-120 miles every week on horseback, traversing dangerous terrain, to ensure that their readers received their books on time. atlasobscura.com/articles…
"wether" (a common misspelling of "whether" and "weather") is actually a term for a castrated ram. lexico.com/en/definition/…
The British king or queen has two birthdays: their real birth date and one assigned to them during the summer, to ensure better weather for the parade bbc.co.uk/newsround/36489…
10 Downing Street in the 19th Century was guarded by two men who would sit outside the building in leather chairs, armed with a pistol. Each chair featured a drawer filled with hot coals to keep the guards warm, and a sphere-shaped hood to protect from the weather and improve acoustics. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/10_…
Today I learned about Air New Zealand flight 901, which provided sightseeing flyovers of Antarctica until it crashed into the side of Mount Erebus in November 1979. Most of the wreckage is still there, and can periodically be seen during warmer weather. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Air…
The Kublai Khan invaded Japan in 1274 with 33,000 troops but failed due to weather. Kublai Khan again invaded Japan in 1279 with 140,000 troops & made it 15 km away from the city of Fukuoka but again failed due to a typhoon. It was here the term kamikaze (divine wind) was born. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fuk…
Today I learned about pyrocumulonimbus clouds. Clouds that form from bushfires and generate their own weather. media.bom.gov.au/social/b…
A single Canada Goose has between 20 and 25 thousand feathers. Just a fraction of an inch of this feather insulation can keep a bird's body temperature at 104 degrees, even in freezing weather. birdnote.org/show/how-fea…
English sailor, William Adams, had landed in Japan, after his crew had been plagued by violent attacks, terrible weather, and fatal illness. Upon the crew's arrival, Adams earned a position as an adviser to the Shogun, Ieyasu, and the status of being one of the first Western Samurais. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wil…
On April fools Day in 1957, BBC show panorama hoaxed the nation with a report about an annual spaghetti harvest. The report showed farmers picking spaghetti from trees and laying the strands down to dry. Newspapers were split over weather it was a great joke or a terrible hoax on the public. youtube.com/watch?v=tVo_w…
The only known armed Nazi military operation on North American soil was installation of Weather Station Kurt by a German u-boat team. It was accidentally discovered in 1977. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wea…
There is a type of socks specifically designed to be worn in cold weather with zori (the traditional Japanese variant of flip flops). They are called "tabi'. kusuyama.jp/blog/history/…
Back in 2016, The deserts of Saudi Arabia were covered in snow, first time in 85 years, but weather soon turned very serious, and deadly flood. watchers.news/2016/11/30/…
More people die from heat-related causes in the U.S. than from all other extreme weather events. npr.org/2018/07/09/624643…
Today I learned about "The Blob" a warm water event that took place in the Pacific Ocean that was first detected in 2013 and is still impacting wildlife and weather today. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
The Shipping Forecast, broadcast four times daily by the BBC, was established following a shipwreck in 1859 and is the world's longest running continuous weather forecast. With its lyrical sea area names, familiar theme and calm delivery, many listeners use the 0048 broadcast as a lullaby. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shi…
On Titan, the atmosphere can hold the equivalent of about 10 meters of liquid before rain forms vs. only a few centimeters on Earth. So Titan's weather is expected to feature torrential downpours causing flash floods, interspersed by decades or centuries of drought. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Huy…
Today I learned about Dr. Rodney Marks, the only person to be murdered in Antarctica. Due to isolation and weather, it took 6 months to get a proper autopsy, which determined he was poisoned with methanol. Complex jurisdictional issues regarding Antarctica means it's likely his murder will never be solved. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rod…
- Cold weather will cause some trees to explode by freezing the sap, because it contains water, which expands as it freezes, creating a sound like a gunshot. The sound is produced as the tree bark splits, with the wood contracting as the sap expands. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Exp…
During the Vietnam War, the U.S. carried out Operation Popeye, a "cloud-seeding" mission to stimulate clouds in Vietnam to increase rainfall and lengthen the monsoon season. After the operation was declassified in 1974, the United Nations banned the weaponization of weather. popsci.com/operation-pope…
Today I learned about Abu l-Hasan 'Ali Ibn Nafi' aka Ziryab, the blackbird of Cordoba. He introduced the three-course meal, consisting of soup, the main course, and dessert. He is thought to have invented an early toothpaste. He also started a vogue by changing clothes according to the weather and season. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zir…
One of the main engineers behind NASA's Challenger rocket, which exploded in 1986, revealed that after NASA would not heed his warnings against launching in the cold weather, he told his wife the night before the launch, "It's going to blow up." npr.org/sections/thetwo-w…
Today I learned of James Martin Stagg, a meteorologist for the allies in WW2 tasked with finding the day with the right conditions for the D-Day invasion. His team and him predicted that the weather would clear up on June 6th, which the Germans didn’t predict. He was right and D-Day was successful. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jam…
There's no automation in measuring snowfall - the US National Weather Service has thousands of volunteers with rulers newsweek.com/how-much-sno…
Ts'il?os Provincial Park, British Columbia, is part of the traditional territory of the Xeni Gwet’in. Pointing at or climbing Ts'ilΚ”os are considered disrespectful, and the Xeni Gwet’in believe that doing so will offend Ts'ilΚ”os, resulting in severe weather changes en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ts%…
When studied by the New England Journal of Medicine, kids without coats did not catch colds, viruses, or any other bacteria-related illness by not wearing a coat outside in cold weather patch.com/michigan/westbl…
Today I learned about the weather forecast in Elvish, that was broadcast in New Zealand when the Hobbit was released. tourismnewzealand.com/new…
Hurricanes used be named only after women. After feminist groups protested over the implied slur that women alone were tempestuous and unpredictable, men’s names were also used for such weather phenomena beginning in 1979. snopes.com/fact-check/afr…
Today I learned of Piramiden, a town far north in the Arctic and one time the northernmost Soviet settlement in the world, which was completely abandoned in the 90ies. Its remoteness, cold weather and lack of looters left it an even more untouched "living museum" of Soviet life than Pripyat in Chernobyl smithsonianmag.com/travel…
By 1880, horses in New York City deposited four million pounds of manure on city streets every day. In dry weather it would turn to fecal dust and choke pedestrians. Vacant lots were filled with the waste; these manure piles would rise up to 60 feet high. escholarship.org/uc/item/…
Titus Adams, aged 7, walked barefoot in the snow for half a mile to get help for his mom after she was thrown from her crashed pick-up truck. His courageous half-mile walk amid 23-degree weather saved his mother's life, authorities in Greeley, Colo., said. nydailynews.com/archives/…
Today I learned about James Hugh O'Neill, the chaplain for General Patton's Third Army in WW2, when Patton ordered him to pray for clear weather, and the weather subsequently cleared, he was awarded the Bronze Star on the spot by Patton en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jam…
Today I learned of Larry Walters. A man who, in 1982, achieved his childhood dream of flying with the aid of a weather balloon... I mean 40+ weather balloons, a lawn chair and a bb gun. A dream 20 years and 16,000ft in the making. youtu.be/E7w_v9J7iOc
Boeing factory in Seattle is so massive that it began generating its own weather and clouds inside the facility until a state-of-the-art air circulation system was installed. smh.com.au/world/inside-b…
Chicago got its "Windy City" nickname not from its windy weather but rather due to its reputation for braggadocios politicians who were "full of hot air". mentalfloss.com/article/4…
Severe weather forecasts in the United States are inadequate because of a lack of computer power nytimes.com/2016/10/23/ma…
During Hurricane Harvey, the National Weather Service had to add two new colors to the rain accumulation map as the old color key topped out at an amount of rain they never before thought would fall. npr.org/sections/thetwo-w…

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