21 Bizarre Natural Phenomena That Happen on Earth

How does stuff work in our world? I mean really. There are many occurrences in nature that just simply doesn’t fit in this world restricted by laws of physics. However, sometimes these laws best explain weird things that happen around us. Magical to us, natural and usual to our planet and still exciting to see: The Wildest Phenomena That Happen on Earth!

Bioluminescence

A chemical reaction that happens in living organisms. These organisms simply mix chemicals inside their bodies and emit light from the inside.

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Supercells

A supercell is basically a stronger, more tornado-enabled version of a regular storm cell. It is a thunderstorm which is a deep, persistently rotating updraft.

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Volcanic lightning

It is a combination of lightning in the middle of volcanic eruption. It is believed as there are negative charges around the volcano there appears a bolt as erupted positively-charged debris react with the negative.

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Snow Donuts

First, weather conditions have to be perfect. Most of the time the snow is blown by wind as it is icy and “crusty”, a flat ground is good too.

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Fire Rainbows

No any fire, no any rainbows. Just a simple light refraction through the cirrus clouds that contain plate-shaped ice crystals. Oh and the sun has to be 58 degrees above the horizon – it happens only then.

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Lenticular Clouds

As the moist air is rising up a mountain, it collects on the top of it and forms a lens-shaped cloud that can be formed of several layers too. A spectacular view.

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Auroras

Ok that’s some science. Auroras are caused when energetic electrically charged particles from solar wind accelerate along the magnetic field lines into the upper atmosphere, where they collide with gas atoms, causing the atoms to give off light.

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Fire Whirls

The fire whirls, fire devil, fire tornado – all of them refer to the amazing burst of fire that is lifted up with the flow of air spinning up and this way forming a small fire tornado. Mostly seen in bush fire.

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Finnish Lapland

Nah, nothing special here. These things are simple trees. But I don’t wish you experience that kind of freeze, these poor trees have to suffer.

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Sun Dogs

This one is good. Nothing special – just a simple light break, usual at the sunset. The light surrounds the sun too. The interesting part about this all is that it is visible almost all the time (when it is sunset), you just have to look closely!

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Skypunch

This one happens only when the temperature is around 0 degrees, when water freezes. Although some of the water drops in the clouds freeze and some not because the temperature varies in different locations. As the warmer air puff flow through the frozen droplets, it evaporates and leaves a giant gap between clouds.

 

Frost Flowers

When water is ceaselessly pulled from inside the plants of trees base it immediately freezes as outside temperature is below zero.

 

 

Columnar Basalt

Columnar basalt is actually a frozen lava that crack directly up, while the lava flew along with the ground. A strange one, but still amazing.

 

Penitentes

It mostly happens in higher areas, for example,  Andes mountains. The shards are formed in cold without a single water particle in the air. As you may know the sun is extremely hot up there in the mountains. It results in ice evaporating without even turning liquid and shaping the form.

 

Light Poles

This beautiful phenomena needs ice crystals in the air and a very cold weather. Just take a look at a nearest town or city from side and you will notice the incredibly beautiful rays of light that emit from street lights.

 

Morning Glory Clouds

These clouds are one of the rarest that form once in a big while. They can stretch up to 2000 kilometers and flap in the altitude of 2 kilometers. They are also much of a trouble for airplanes and cause turbulence.

 

Waterspouts

It is believed that these water tornados that can develop speeds up to 305km/h are the main reason for many shipwrecks in Bermuda Triangle, so watch out!

 

Lightning inside of waterspout. It is a phenomenon in a phenomenon! It’s getting really crazy.

Mammatus Clouds

It is not actually known why does it happen but there is a hypothesis that the little pouches of these clouds are portions of heavier clouds that are falling from the usual clouds above them.

 

 

The Hessdalen Light

The only of our phenomena that isn’t really explained or researched. It happened from 1982 until 1984 in Hessdalen valley in Norway and didn’t happen again since then. Pretty weird, huh?

 

Brinicles

It is possible when surface of sea freeze, for instance, like in north or south pole. The salty and cold water under the ice mixes with the warmer and not so salty water below it which starts to freeze to and then transforms into a giant icicle.

 

Ball Lightning

Oh yeah, a second unexplained occurrence: a ball of lightning! This one is real and very dangerous. Appears to be from a pea-sized to a 2-meter diameter. It usually stays a bit longer than an usual lightning and can even explode, so don’t move if you ever see one of them!

 

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