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Mysterious ball lightning observed in nature by scientists

Simulated ball lightning in a lab

Well color me TICKLED PINK. After the recent new research paper regarding earthquakes lights, we now have new data on another anomalous luminous phenomena – ball lightning. Natural ball lightning probed for the first time – environment – 16 January 2014 – New Scientist. In 2012, Jianyong Cen and his colleagues at Northwestern Normal University…

Pyrocumulus clouds over Australia


The unique weather phenomenon, pyrocumulus clouds, are predicted to occurs in Australia as a large fire influences an unstable atmosphere. The clouds are formed because of the heat and combustion products of the fire. Inferno expected to generate abnormal, high-altitude cloud. A bizarre weather phenomenon known as a fire cloud is likely to form over…

What’s in your stratosphere? And how did they get there?


New finding suggestive of life from space is hitting the mainstream news. Alien life found living in Earth’s atmosphere, claims scientist – Telegraph. Researchers from the University of Sheffield and Buckingham University claim to have found evidence for microscopic organisms living 16 miles up in the atmosphere between Chester and Wakefield. The scientists used a…

Discovered: Dark lightning releases intense bursts of radiation


Holy COW, this is incredibly interesting! Thunderstorms contain ‘dark lightning,’ invisible pulses of powerful radiation – The Washington Post. [...] scientists recently discovered something mind-bending about lightning: Sometimes its flashes are invisible, just sudden pulses of unexpectedly powerful radiation. It’s what Joseph Dwyer, a lightning researcher at the Florida Institute of Technology, has termed dark…

Arc and halos all around the sun in Alabama

Atmospheric show in Huntsville, Alabama.

Hurricane Sandy Likely Caused Alabama’s Incredible Light Show – Neighborhoods – The Atlantic Cities. David Hathaway, a solar physicist at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center, was going about business as usual yesterday afternoon when he suddenly heard an outburst of astonished voices. “People were saying, You gotta come out and see this,” he recalls. Hathaway…

Iridescent clouds over south Florida

Photo credit: Ken Rotberg / WPTV

For your enjoyment… the beauty of nature The phenomenon was captured in a photo taken on Tuesday (July 31) in the clouds over South Florida. “Fire Rainbow” Photographed Over South Florida | Types of Rainbows, Iridescent Clouds | OurAmazingPlanet.com. They are technically known as iridescent clouds, a relatively rare phenomenon caused by clouds of water…

Booms rattle residents in another Wisconsin town and Pennsylvania; accompanied by flash


Bara-booms remain a mystery It’s unclear what caused two separate instances in which flashes of light were followed by thunderous booms in Baraboo early Sunday. A resident on Sauk Avenue called 911 to report a loud boom Sunday around 1 a.m. That prompted more than 30 comments on the Baraboo Scanner page on Facebook —…

Wisconsin’s Boom Towns – Noises heard 80 miles from Clintonville (UPDATED: Earthquake)

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Similar Booms In Montello – www.nbc26.com. This may be just the beginning of the “booming mystery.”  Strange sounds are also being reported about 80 miles away in Montello.  Police there are also investigating the similar booms.  Tuesday night officials received several reports of a loud noise around 5:30 a.m.  They checked to see if anyone…

Wisconsin mystery booms unsolved (Updated: still occurring)


For an updated story on this go here: Wisconsin Boom Towns Something’s rattling small Wisconsin town – CNN.com. Mysterious explosions. Unexplained shaking. Something’s going on in Clintonville, Wisconsin, but nobody seems to know what it is. The sounds — variously described as rattling pipes, clanging metal, thunder or firecrackers — have continued on and off…

Altocumulus Lenticularis clouds over Yorkshire look like UFOs on parade


‘UFO cloud’ spotted floating over UK: Dazzling picture of rare formation Known by experts as the Altocumulus Lenticularis, but dubbed the UFO cloud by many, this formation was spotted above Farsley in West Yorkshire yesterday. And although incredibly rare in the UK the clouds are a common sighting in the Himalayas, Andes and Rocky Mountains.

Tsunami-looking clouds appear in Alabama


Bizarre Kelvin-Helmholtz Waves Appear Over Alabama While driving through Birmingham, Alabama, Redditor alison_bee couldn’t help but notice the bizarre, repetitive wave shapes appearing in the clouds near the horizon. While these strange cloud formations look otherworldly, they’re an example of what’s called Kelvin-Helmholtz instability — which is a pretty awesome name for a spectacular phenomenon.

Triangular clouds photographed in Japan


forgetomori » Triangular cloud falls over Tokyo?. …it’s not a hoax, nor a piece of chemical foam. It’s actually a cloud, it’s indeed a trail. Granted, it’s not actually falling. The cloud appears to be falling, especially because of the trail, but that’s an illusion of perspective, as both the triangular cloud, the trail and the other…

Sprites and Elves are real! High in the sky

Photo: nssl.noaa.gov

Lightning Sprites, Elves Caught on Camera. Flying above the U.S. Midwest, scientists using high-speed video cameras have caught the first 3-D images of sprites, elves, blue jets, and crawlers—in the form of lightning, that is. First seen by scientists in 1989, sprites and their menagerie of exotically named kin are bursts of electrical energy that…