The Earth's rotation and speed changes with the weather and geological events. This means atomic time and solar time may not be identical. Sometimes leap seconds are needed for an adjustment. On 31 Dec 2016, a leap second was added, and the time 23:59:60 existed. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lea…
Every year, a regatta is held in Alice Springs. Due to the lack of water in Central Australia, contestants have to carry bottomless "boats" trough a dried-out river. When the river did carry water in 1993, the regatta became "the only regatta ever cancelled because of wet weather". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hen…
Journalist Dan Rather, became famous after his reporting saved thousands of lives during Hurricane Carla in 1961. Rather created the first radar weather report by overlaying a transparent map over a radar image of Hurricane Carla. This then helped initiate the evacuation of 350,000 people. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dan…
There has been no correlation between Punxsutawney Phil's predictions and what the country has seen weather-wise each year. For 120 plus years records have been kept, Phil's six-week prognostications have been correct only around 39 percent of the time wmcactionnews5.com/2020/0…
In 1982, Larry Walters made made a 45-minute flight in a homemade airship made of an ordinary patio chair and 45 helium-filled weather balloons. During the landing, the aircraft became entangled in power lines, but Walters was able to safely climb down. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Law…
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…
Japan has 72 distinct "micro-seasons." Each one describes a specific weather phenomenon and they include things like "first peach blossoms" and "east wind melts the ice." youtu.be/aScTn2A8hv8
It’s possible to die from exercising in hot weather while wearing an IcyHot patch. espn.com/college-sports/h…
The origins of Chicago's nickname of the Windy City has NOTHING to do with weather- it actually stems from a late 19th century description that its residents were β€œwindbags” and β€œfull of hot air" rd.com/article/chicago-wi…
Out of all the Great Lakes, Lake Michigan is the deadliest because of it's unpredictable weather and abnormally high number of rip currents mlive.com/news/grand-rapi…
Flamingos pull one leg up close to their body to conserve heat that might otherwise be lost while standing in cold water. They tend to stand on two legs in warmer weather smithsonianmag.com/smiths…
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/…
Libby's account for most if not all canned pumpkin's in the U.S. This was very apparent when poor weather affected the crop in Illinois where most of their farms are located and was known as the great pumpkin shortage in 2009. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lib…
Song It's Raining Men was rejected by Donna Summer, Barbara Streisand, Cher and Diana Ross. Backing singers Martha Wash and Izora Armstead then recorded it, with the duo now named The Weather Girls en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pau…
After the β€œThe Walkie-Talkie” building in London was finished, due to its weird concave design, it unintentionally melted cars and changed weather patterns. It focused a beam of light that was 6 times brighter than sunlight on to the pavement below which heated to nearly 250Β°F at certain spots. edition.cnn.com/2013/09/0…
When weather turns cold, ladybugs look for a warm, secluded place to hibernate, such as in rotting logs, under rocks, or even inside houses. kids.nationalgeographic.c…
Squirrels will wrap their tails around their head during cold weather to reduce heat loss; the tail, with its high density of long hairs, is extremely well insulated, losing significantly less heat than the squirrel's body wildlifeonline.me.uk/anim…
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…
The inventor of the weather forecast, Admiral Robert FitzRoy, took his own life after becoming depressed due to critics hounding him for the predictions that turned out false nzhistory.govt.nz/page/fo…
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…
Tetrapods are a type of structure in coastal engineering used to prevent erosion caused by weather and longshore drift, primarily to enforce coastal structures such as seawalls and breakwaters. wikipedia.org/wiki/Tetrap…
Sting jet - a small area of very intense winds (often 100mph or more) that can sometimes form in powerful weather systems crossing the UK. metoffice.gov.uk/weather/…
Though "Time Out" is often cited as the first Jazz album to sell one million copies, Herbie Hancock's "Head Hunters" and Weather Reports "Heavy Weather" were certified platinum twenty years before "Time Out." rateyourmusic.com/list/Ri…
Today I learned about Peggy Frank, a longtime U.S. postal carrier, who died of hyperthermia while delivering mail in 117 degree weather. Most of the US Postal Services' 230,000 vehicles do not have air conditioning. dailydemocrat.com/2019/01…
Cardiovascular disease deaths vary predictably by season, with more deaths in the winter. This effect is not seen in cancer deaths, or in countries without seasonal weather variations. ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/arti…
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 a series of disasters that struck Basel, Switzerland. Starting in 1342 with a plague of grasshoppers, then floods, the worst weather in 1000 years, a famine, the Black Death, Pogroms, a fire that burnt down part of the city, and finally in 1356 a powerful earthquake destroyed what remained core.ac.uk/download/pdf/8…
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…
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…
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…
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 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…
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…
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…
Bacteria are thriving in the sky β€” and they influence the weather pri.org/stories/2017-03-2…
The worst air disaster in aviation history was actually on the ground in Tenerife in 1977 between two Boeing 747's (KLM And Pan Am). The disaster was influenced by many factors ranging from human error and bad weather conditioning to a bomb explosion in the originally destined airport. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ten…
In the US, extreme heat kills more people than all other weather related events. ready.gov/heat
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…
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…
Snails can sleep up to 3 years if the weather is not suitable arizonapetvet.com/blog/ca…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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 "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 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 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-…
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…

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