WHAT’S UP WITH THESE STRANGE WEATHER OCCURRENCES?
The following is a work of Strange Weather. Names, characters, places, and incidents either are products of weather’s bizarre phenomenon or nature’s perfect timing. Any resemblance to actual events or locales is, as a matter of fact, a reality.
Can nature be ever inspired by Bollywood or Hollywood? Well, in this case it seems we can draw parallels between the two as they both can, at times, be unpredictable and illogical.
With one step in fantasy and the other in reality, these strange Weather occurrences will definitely make you question the world we are living in.
What you are going to read next, may propel you to scratch your head or may drive you to rub your eyes in disbelief, but it will definitely leave you open mouthed in awe.
A fire ball or lava or a water fall disguised as fire ball, any guesses?
A simple trick of light creates an illusion that the Horsetail Fall in Yosmite National Park has changed its colour from white to yellow to finally a bright orange. Spellbound by its beauty, several tourists and photographers flock in the region to witness the breathtaking natural phenomenon. Lasting only 10 minutes, the spectacle can be seen only in the last two weeks of February, given that the conditions are perfect.
A proper coordination between various elements of nature is necessary for the phenomenon to take place. For starters, the sky must be clear and sun must be set at the right angle. Most importantly, the snow must melt for the waterfall to take place. As sun sets at the right angle, it gives an impression that the waterfall is burning and hence gives it a glowing effect.
Natural or supernatural? Sailing stones have left scientists clueless!
Defying the realm of every scientific explanation or logic, rocks in the Death Valley National Park slide on the surface of desert ‘on their own’. These rocks can weigh anywhere between 272 Kilograms and leave behind trails as they move. Even stranger is the fact that no one has actually seen them move and therefore scientists have not been able to reach a conclusive reasoning for this mind boggling natural occurrence.
In 2014, however, an explanation based on the GPS tags of the rocks suggested that a mere play of water, ice, sun and wind was at work.
Ghost trees that faced the curse of nature
Unlike other Weather Phenomenon, this one has an eerie tale. Located in Namib-Naukluft Park in Namibia, near Sossusvlei, these creepy looking trees have long been dead. It is estimated that the trees are almost 900 years old. However, they cannot decompose due to the dry climate in the area. Hence, these ‘skeleton trees’ can be still found freakishly standing in the region. They are commonly known as ‘Deadvlei’, which precisely translates into ‘dead-end’ or ‘dead marsh’.
Nature’s red rain has baffled the scientists
On July 25, 2001, people in Kerala witnessed the most peculiar Weather Phenomenon, the colour of the rain was blood red. This continued till September 23, 2001. It was even reported that the rain left red stains and the trees shredded their leaves. What is even more mysterious is the fact that red rain poured only over a few areas, the other areas, however, witnessed normal rain. Moreover, the rain had a red tinge to it for only 20 minutes. Since then, several scientists have tried to unravel the mystery behind the ‘red rain’. From meteor shower to extra territorial, the scientists have till date not been able to reach a definite explanation.
Desert and Snowfall, ironical right?
Sahara Desert, known as the hottest desert in the world was blessed with a bounty of ice on January 7, this year. The snowfall was witnessed in Ain Sefra, a desert town in Algeria, also known as the ‘Gateway to the Sahara’. Scientist believe that the it was a result of high pressure in Europe pulling in cold air southwards into north Africa. The desert has previously as well, witnessed snow fall.
Nature’s magic with light
Another nature’s marvel, the ‘light pillars’ create an optical illusion using light. These long and thin ‘light pillars’ seem to appear from sky and touch the ground. This phenomenon can be seen in the areas with very low temperatures.
The theory is that when sunlight, moon light or even artificial light strikes ice crystals, tall ‘light pillars’ becomes visible to the eye. These crystals take the colour of the light that hits them. For instance, the crystals illuminated by sunlight are usually different shades of red and orange.
Ice crystals masked as diamond dust?
Coming straight out of a Fairy Tale, this weather phenomenon involves ‘diamond dust’ falling directly from the sky. Wait Wait..before your imagination runs amok, let me clarify that the ‘diamond dust’ is nothing but ice crystals. These ice crystals sparkle like ‘diamond’ as light hits them; they can be seen falling like dust, hence the name, ‘diamond dust’. A few fortunate ones to witness the weather phenomenon have been enchanted by its beauty.
This phenomenon can only be witnessed in extremely cold weather conditions. The cold wind condenses the water vapour into tiny and thin ice crystals. Illuminated by sunlight, these ice crystals become visible to the eye. A clear sky is prerequisite for this weather condition. Therefore, it is also known as ‘clear-sky precipitation’.
Nature’s perfect geometry
These perfect geometric ice circles are found floating and spinning in river water. Scientists believe that the flowing water creates a whirpool, which in turn, leads to the spinning of ice. As the ice spins, its border erode, thus forming perfect circles. However, a recent study countered that the temperature changes is what leads to the spinning of ice. These are also known as ‘Ice Disks’.
In another bizarre phenomenon, the snow rolls itself in a cylindrical shape, that is hollow from inside. These ‘snow rollers’ can be as wide as a foot in diameter.
For this phenomenon to take place, a perfect combination of wind, ice and wet snow is required. As wet snow falls on the ground, it is rolled away by wind on the icy floor. This, gives birth to these ‘wind snowballs’ or ‘snow donuts’.
Nature never fails to impress us. Howsoever we try, there will be things that won’t fit inside the existing scientific structures. Till science tries to find logical answer to every question that nature puts forward, why not start observing surroundings for any unusual weather occurrence because you never know what nature has in store for you!