Weather is an amazing force. With the advancements in weather forecasting, it’s easy to presume that weather is something that is wholly predictable and uniform. While it is predictable, weather can also be hugely variable and defiant to patterns, behaviors, and forecast models. Strange weather phenomenon can include rare weather events, out of season weather, and a variety of natural disasters. The strangest weather phenomenon can range from volcanic lightning to fire whirls to incredible cloud formations only seen in certain parts of the world. Some of these phenomenon may simply be rare, but completely natural occurrences that may not even be completely understood. Here is a look at some strange weather phenomenon.
These are also known as firenadoes, and consist of a vertical whirlwind of flames that tear through an area much like a wildfire and tornado combined. These are rare weather events that are produced from turbulent wind and intense hot and dry conditions.
Fire whirls form during a wildfire when wind conditions are right to create a powerful vortex that sucks up surrounding flames and creates a funnel. These events have been known to occur with some frequency in Australia and can be extremely destructive.
These events are also columnar vortex tornadoes, but they form over water. These appear as funnel shaped clouds over water and can be a rare sight during a storm. These aren’t typically as dangerous as land tornadoes since they are non-supercell tornadoes that form and pass over water where there is much less debris and potential for destruction.
From a meteorological perspective, these tornadoes are not incredibly strange, but seeing one occur may be a rare and disconcerting sight.
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White rainbows occur when water droplets in the air are only around 0.02 mm and the light diffraction splits the spectrum to give off a white color or a soft tint. These rainbows often form in thick fog, further muting the colors.
This weather phenomenon is rare in a meteorological sense and characterized by large, long bands of clouds that stretch for hundreds of miles. They appear like long tunnels, rolls, or waves of clouds across the sky and are a phenomenon that is a result of low level atmospheric solitary clouds.
The formation of these clouds occurs around the world but is rare and unpredictable in most locations. The Gulf of Carpentaria in Northern Australia is the only place in the world where these clouds can be predicted and observed on a regular basis. These clouds can also be difficult to make out from the ground, and are generally better observed from aircraft.