Tag Archive for anomalous natural phenomena

Jellyfish “sprite” sparks paranoia from “earth changes” websites (UPDATE: More sprites, from Hurricane Matthew)

UPDATE (2-Oct02016): Frankie Lucena has captured more incredible sprites, this time as a result of Hurricane Matthew. Check it out from the Weather Channel. A sprite (lightning) captured on camera from the Caribbean on September 18, 2016 has triggered posts on mystery-mongering fringe “news” sites that cater to end-of-the-world paranoia. Sprites are large-scale electrical discharges that…

Rare cloud phenomena seen in Costa Rica

Pretty, but a lovely natural event does not equate to “end times”. That term is incredibly overused. An iridescent, multi-hued cloud phenomenon was recently spotted in Costa Rica skies, and residents were left awestruck and mystified. Source: Mysterious Iridescent ‘End of Times’ Cloud Phenomenon Spotted in Costa Rica – ABC News Though users on social…

Lovely lilac surf in Oregon

It’s a lovely purple color but that’s not normal. Purple tinted waves have been spotted on the Oregon coast for the last month. It’s not unusual for the purple sails jellies (Velella velella) to be in bloom but this was something different. Testing showed it was salps (sea squirts or tunicates). Oregon Coast Mystery of…

Triple sunrise

Ice crystals cause ‘triple sunrise’ in Russian city – in pictures. Chelyabinsk, the city made famous by a meteorite that exploded over its skies two years ago, was witness to another rare phenomenon on Tuesday: a triple sunrise over the morning sky. The combination of low temperatures, estimated to be –25C, and clear skies enabled…

Earthquake lights reported along with Sunday’s Napa event (Update video)

One of my favorite mysterious natural phenomena has been reported in conjunction with the recent California earthquake. Some Bay Area Residents Report Mysterious Flashes In The Sky During Napa Quake « CBS San Francisco. Several people called the KPIX 5 newsroom after Sunday morning’s magnitude 6.0 earthquake in Napa, reporting mysterious flashes of light in…

The clouds parted

A man captures an interesting phenomenon during a rain event. Motorist captures parting of the storm. As Zuniga drove along Interstate 75, the clouds suddenly shifted in a peculiar way, creating an large square-shaped sunny patch through which motorists passed. It was as if rain clouds had parted over the motorists for a reason. “They…

More news on earthquake lights – now the flashing variety

Back in January, we showcased an article about the potential explanation for earthquake lights – the glow or flashes that are rarely, but certainly, observed in relation to earthquakes in particular fault areas. Now, more comes to light. Scientists find voltage spikes associated with crack-like defects in fine grained materials. Mysterious Flashing ‘Earthquake Lights’ Maybe Explained.…

Frostquake hit Missouri Super Bowl parties

What a year for frostquakes (icequakes) also known as cryoseisms. Mysterious noises traced to rare ‘frost quakes’. Chuck Herron heard the loud thud, then another and another. It sounded like someone was dropping big snowballs on the roof of his home. As his neighbors in tiny Paris, Mo., huddled around televisions Sunday for the Super…

New paper on earthquake lights show they are a reality

I am so excited about this story. As a geologist who has studied anomalous phenomena connected to earthquakes, this is an excellent step forward to understanding earthquake lights. This will be of interest to Forteans, anomalists, geophysicists and even UFO chasers! Scientists find records of rare “earthquake lights”. They’ve been mistaken for UFOs or dismissed…

Evidence of troll wars! Wait… it’s not?

Iceland. I’m going to go there some day. Mystery of Bizarre Icelandic Lava Pillars Solved – Yahoo News. The mystery of a series of strange, knobby pillars of rock that formed in Iceland has been solved. A creeping lava flow and a stream of water mixed to create hollow, rough pillars that dot the Skaelinger…

Lovely ‘chandeliering ice’ in Minnesota

Very neat natural phenomena. Strange ‘chandeliering ice’ phenomena unfolds at Medicine Lake | kare11.com. On a day in which spring made its return to Minnesota with a vengeance, Nadalie Thomas caught Old Man Winter making his last stand with an ice-shattering spectacle known to some as “chandeliering.” Nadalie and her kids were down on the…

Sounds from the sky: Reflections on historical observations and recent events

The recent wave of sky noise videos and reports from across the globe have sown concern and copycat hoaxes. Historical observations disclosed here reveal that mystery noises in the sky are not new and have many and various potential explanations. Our urban and industrial society may be contributing to the recent events, if they are…