Quirky Storm Stuff

What's it like in the eye of a tornado?

Aside from Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz and Bill Paxton and Helen Hunt in Twister, has anyone ever been in the eye of a tornado and lived to tell about it? The answer is yes: Two people, in fact. One in 1928 and another in 1943.

Can it really rain frogs?

Amphibious rain seems to be picking up in frequency. In the last 20 years, newspapers have found more opportunities than ever to write about frogs falling from the sky. But is it true or myth? If the former: How in the world do the frogs get up in the sky in the first place?

Is there really a "calm before the storm"?

You've probably felt that eerie feeling — that sense of calm and peace right before the first crack of thunder or first bolt of lightning. So is there really a "calm before the storm"? Well, sometimes there is; sometimes there isn't. Find out why.

What is St. Elmo's Fire?

You can't really call it lightning. And you definitely can't call it fire. The simplest way to describe St. Elmos's Fire, according to HowStuffWorks writer Julie Layton, is "a weather phenomenon involving a gap in electrical charge." Still confused? Read on because this is cool stuff.

Can animals predict the weather?

Do animals have the ability to detect environmental changes before we do? Can they sense seismic frequencies or changes in air and water pressure? Can animals become our new weather forecasters? Read more ...

Does ball lightning really exist?

Ball lightning — glowing orbs that appear during thunderstorms and followed by lightning strikes — are about as bright as a 100-watt light bulb, can appear in yellow, orange, red, blue or white and range in size from a golf ball to a beach ball. But what causes them?

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