36 Fun Facts About The Weather You Probably Didn’t Know

Oftentimes, people resort to talking about the weather during small talk. What if instead of commenting on how humid it is outside, you mention how worms wriggle to the surface before a flood? The conversation would probably become much more interesting, right?

Or maybe, your friends are really into trivia. Blow your friends away at the next trivia night with some wild facts about the weather, like how an intense heatwave once turned grapes on the vine into raisins. 

#20: Some frogs are noisier before it rains. Photo: Catarina Carvalho

Here are some fun and unusual facts you probably didn’t know about the weather.

36 Fun Facts About The Weather:  

  1. You can tell the temperature by counting a cricket’s chirps.
  2. Sandstorms can swallow up entire cities. 
  3. Cats and dogs have been known to sense when a tornado is coming. 
  4. The River Thames froze solid in 1684 for two months. 
  5. In 1899, it was so cold that the Mississippi River froze over its entire length. 
  6. An earthquake in December 1811 caused parts of the Mississippi River to flow backward. 
  7. Aristotle wrote meteorology in 350 B.C. 
  8. Watersprouts can make sea creatures “rain” from the sky.
  9. Weather vanes have roosters on them because of the Church (read more here)
  10. Worms wriggle up to the surface before a flood. 
  11. Contrary to the saying, lightning often does strikes the same place twice. 
  12.  The word “hurricane” comes from the Taino word “huricán,” who was the Carib Indian god of evil. 
  13.  The wind doesn’t make a sound until it blows against an object. 
  14.  Fire whirls are tornadoes made of fire caused by wildfires. 
  15.  Every second, about 100 lightning bolts strike the Earth. 
  16.  Snowflakes falling at 2–4mph can take up to one hour to reach the ground. 
  17. The average width of a tornado’s funnel is about 100–200 yards, but it could also be as wide as one mile. 
  18. A cubic mile of ordinary fog contains less than one gallon of water. 
  19. The fastest speed a raindrop can hit you is 18mph. 
  20. Some frogs are noisier right before it rains. 
  21. Some tornadoes can be faster than formula one racing cars. 
  22. Blizzards can make snowflakes feel like pellets hitting your face. 
  23. In 2003, a heatwave so intense turned grapes into raisins before they were picked from the vine. 
  24. Lightning often follows a volcanic eruption. 
  25. The only continent with no active volcanoes is Australia. 
  26. Dirt mixed with wind can make dust storms known as black blizzards. 
  27. A heatwave can make train tracks bend. 
  28. Mild autumn weather often means bigger spiders in our homes. Yikes!
  29. In July 2001, rainfall in Kerala, India was blood red. Read more here. 
  30.  In Antarctica, snow falls so hard that you can’t even see your own hand in front of your face. 
  31. The air located around a lightning bolt is heated to around 30,000°C. This is 5 times hotter than the surface of the sun.
  32. The ocean contains enough salt to cover all the continents to a depth of nearly 500 feet. 
  33. The Atlantic Ocean is saltier than the Pacific Ocean.
  34. Cirrus clouds are made of ice crystals. 
  35. More than 22 million tons of salt are used on U.S. roads each winter. 
  36. The snowiest city on Earth is Aomori, Japan, with an average of 26 feet (or eight meters) of snow each year.

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