The United States has the world's most violent weather, receiving more high-impact extreme weather incidents than any other country in the world. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uni…
The UK sits under 5 different air masses, creating unpredictable weather patterns and mimicking both tropical and polar climates. Although on the same latitude as Canada the UK often gets rain instead of snow throughout the year and humidity compared to that of a rainforest in summer. bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-2…
The year 536 is considered by some scholars to be the worst year ever to be alive due to volcanos, extreme weather, and famine throughout Europe and Asia sciencemag.org/news/2018/…
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…
Clarence Frank Birdseye II was taught by the Inuit in Canada how to ice fish. In -40 Β°C weather, he discovered that the fish he caught froze almost instantly, and when thawed, tasted fresh. He patented the idea, formed Birds Eye, and eventually sold it for $22m in 1929. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bir…
In the US, extreme heat kills more people than all other weather related events. ready.gov/heat
Bacteria are thriving in the sky β€” and they influence the weather pri.org/stories/2017-03-2…
Weather forecasts have been less reliable recently due to the fact that they rely partially on commercial flight data, and the pandemic has caused there to be less air travel. nature.com/articles/d4158…
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…
After Disneyland's success, NBC invited Walt Disney to build his 2nd theme park near Secaucus, New Jersey not far from NYC. Walt found out the NJ climate would not allow a year-round park, and Roy Disney suggested putting "some method of controlling the weather – a vast dome or some such thing." themeparktourist.com/feat…
To measure the intensity of a hurricane, a weather plane can release roughly 30 probes called dropsondes. At $800 each, there are hundreds of thousands of these on the bottom of the ocean. eol.ucar.edu/content/what…
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…
Snails can sleep up to 3 years if the weather is not suitable arizonapetvet.com/blog/ca…
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 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…
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…
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…
Ancient Greek sculptures and buildings including the Parthenon were likely painted bright colors. It's only the effect of weather over 2000+ years that has bleached everything white. bbc.com/culture/article/2…
The Air Force operates a giant facility in Florida that can simulate any weather condition on earth. They use it to test the effects of climate on equipment. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/McK…
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…
Charles Darwin's captain of the HMS Beagle, Robert FitzRoy, invented the first scientific weather forecasts and weather forecasting service. While often correct and immensely popular, the inaccuracy of his predictions and subsequent criticisms contributed to his depression and eventual suicide. bbc.com/news/magazine-324…
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…
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…
Today I learned of the Saro Lerwick, a WWII RAF flying boat with a very poor loss rate. Of the 21 built, 10 were lost to accidents, and an 11th, on patrol in good weather, just disappeared en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sau…
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…
Today I learned about the Rihanna curse, when horrible weather in the UK, New Zealand, and Romania coincided with the song Umbrella being the #1 song in those countries papermag.com/rihanna-umbr…
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 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…
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…
Today I learned about the Tonganoxie Split, an area of eastern kansas that according to folklore diverts severe weather www2.ljworld.com/news/201…
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…
The US Air Force had a special forces unit of weather men. military.com/special-oper…
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…
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 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…
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…
'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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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-…
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…
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…
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…
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.…
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/…
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…
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_…
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…
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…
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…
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…
NASA and NOAA feared 5G would mess up weather forecast sciencemag.org/news/2019/…
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-…
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…
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/…
"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…
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 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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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
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…
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…
The University of Wisconsin - Madison operates over half of the weather stations in Antarctica en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ant…
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…
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_…
: 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…
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…
"wether" (a common misspelling of "whether" and "weather") is actually a term for a castrated ram. lexico.com/en/definition/…
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 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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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 pyrocumulonimbus clouds. Clouds that form from bushfires and generate their own weather. media.bom.gov.au/social/b…
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…
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…
There's no automation in measuring snowfall - the US National Weather Service has thousands of volunteers with rulers newsweek.com/how-much-sno…
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 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…
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…
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/…

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