Our weather patterns are weird enough, with raging fires, tornados, hailstorms, earthquakes and tsunamis wreaking havoc all over the world with increasing regularity. But there are other even more unusual weather phenomena that many people don’t even realize exist. Some of these phenomena are generated by heat, others by cold, wet conditions or ice, and some simply occur as a result of stormy weather conditions. Here are 10 of the weirdest.
One of the most common forms of weird weather phenomena, a mirage happens when the light refracts and produces an image that isn’t there. It often happens when the ground surface is very hot, for instance on a road or in the desert where people commonly see mirages of plants or water. Mirages are real optical phenomena that can be captured on camera, rather than simply a trick of the mind. Although mirages are known to occur at night as well as during the day, these are seldom seen.