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20 Spectacular And Rare Weather Phenomena That You Won’t Believe Happen On Our Planet




Brinicles are the underwater equivalent of icicles. They form beneath ice when a flow of saline water is introduced to ocean water.

Volcanic lightning


Volcanic plumes produce immense amounts of electrical charge and static. In rare cases, this can spark a violent lightning storm.

Sprites, Elves and Blue Jets


These colourful shapes are the result of electrical discharges in the atmosphere.

Fire Rainbows


Fire Rainbows are formed by light reflecting from ice crystals in high level clouds. The halos are so large, they often appear parallel to the horizon.

White rainbows


These rainbows form in fog, rather than rain. The condensation reflects little light, and as a result, the rainbow is made up of very weak colors - like white - rather than the vibrant colors of a traditional rainbow.

Fire Whirls


Fire whirls are whirlwinds of flame. They occur when intense heat and turbulent wind conditions combine.

Catatumbo Lightning


At the mouth of the Catatumbo River in Venezuela, a very unique mass of storm clouds swirl, creating the rare spectacle known as Catatumbo lightning. The storm occurs up to 160 nights a year, 10 hours per day and 280 times an hour.



Moonbows are rainbows produced by light reflected off the surface of the moon, rather than the sun. Due to the small amount of light reflected off the moon, moonbows are quite faint.

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Floating Lanterns, by: { Dwight K. Morita }

These floating lanterns memorialize those that have passed away at Ala Moana Park in Honolulu, Hawaii.  As the sun sets in the background, small boats with Buddhist monks and church volunteers help to launch and shepherd the small armada of lantern ships, each inscribed with sentiments from family and friends.  This traditional Buddhist practice began as a small ritual, but has since grown to become a major event attracting thousands of people of all faiths from around the world.
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Castle Mote Sakura, Himeji (by Ippei & Janine Naoi)

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