We’ve probably all caught ourselves falling victim to the “nice weather we’re having today”, “it’s a cold one out there”, “did you forget to turn the AC down out there?”, conversations, but weather small talk doesn’t just have to be about our current conditions; we promise if you hit someone with these crazy weather facts, not only will they leave having learned something, but weather small talk will be no more, you’ll be in a full-blown conversation about Mother Nature. Let’s take a look.
You know the old saying proclaiming that lightning never strikes the same place twice? Well, it does. Even more so if that place or object happens to be tall and pointy. Take the Empire State Building, for example, lightning strikes it about 23 times per year.
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There is something so peaceful and calm about a snowy day, specifically the way the snow falls so gently. In fact, snow falls at roughly 2 – 4 mph and can take up to an hour to hit the ground. All the more reason to take it extra easy on a snowy day.
If you’ve ever found yourself out and about on a particularly foggy day, then you’re familiar with how incredibly, erm, soggy everything feels around you. But one cubic mile of fog actually only contains about one gallon of water.
A lot of us have probably learned about The Dust Bowl, the very dirty phenomenon that happened throughout the mid-west in the 1930s, but did you know that dirt mixed with wind creates a storm known as a ‘black blizzard’?
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Here’s another one for all of you snow lovers, in Antarctica, it snows so hard that you can’t even see your hand in front of your face. So not an ideal place if you fancy yourself as more of a summer person.
If you think all oceans are created the same, then we feel it necessary to inform you that the Atlantic ocean is in fact saltier than the Pacific ocean. The more you know, ya know?
If you think you’re experiencing a rather frigid winter already, then find comfort in the fact that in 1899 it got so cold that the Mississippi River froze its entire length, all 2,340 miles of it!
The wind can seem kinda noisy, can’t it? To quote Dwight Schrute, FALSE. Well, kinda. Wind makes noise when it blows against an object, and only when it blows against an object.
If you’ve ever seen an area after a tornado has literally blown through then you’ve seen how destructive they can be; the width of a tornado’s funnel is roughly 100 – 200 yards, but it can be as wide as a mile long.
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