10 Facts About Storms That Will Make You Run for Cover
Mother Nature swoops in with a big surprise—one that's often perplexing, terrifying, or even downright deadly. To that end, here are first 10 interesting tidbits about downpours, cloudbursts, blizzards, deluges, tornadoes, hurricanes, and any other type of storm you—or Mother Nature—could possibly think of.
1. A 1995 Storm in Texas Had Hailstones as Big as Softballs
2.One Blizzard in Iran, in 1972 Buried Entire Villages with No Survivors
3. From July 25 through September 23, 2001 blood Red Rain Poured Down on India for a Summer
4. In September 2017, A Heatwave in California Once Turned Grapes into Raisins
5.Once, Earth Got as Cold as Mars. The coldest temperature ever reported was in Antarctica on August 20, 2010. The temperature fell to -135.8°F, or -94.7°C.
6. America is the World's Tornado Capital. The United States averaged 1,274 tornadoes per year in the last decade, most of which happen in spring.
6. Greenland is the Windiest Place on Earth. According to satellite data, winds reach 44.7 mph 16 percent of the year and 29 percent of the winter.
7. Mild Autumn Weather Leads to Bigger Spiders Indoors
8. You Can Calculate How Far Away You are from Lightning. Just count the number of seconds that pass between a flash of lightning and the thunder that follows, then divide that number by five. The result equals how many miles away you are from where lightning just struck.
9. There's Such a Thing as Water Tornadoes. Tornadic waterspouts are what they sound like, a tornado over a body of water. They generally begin over land in connection with a thunderstorm, then move out over the water.
10. A Sandstorm Once Buried a Force of 50,000. In 525 B.C.E., Cambyses, the son of Cyrus the Great, sent 50,000 soldiers from Thebes to attack the Oasis of Siwa and destroy the Oracle at the Temple of Amun after local priests refused to legitimize his claim to Egypt. After walking for seven days in the desert, the soldiers drowned in a sandstorm.