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10 Locations With Unusual Meteorological Phenomena


There are rare locations in the world where one can experience unique, highly unusual phenomena related to meteorology.
Following is an alphabetic list of 10 such locations. Some of these phenomena have been explained, but some have no explanation. All these monuments belong in the category of ‘Sites of Meteorological Phenomena’.

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10 Locations With Unusual Meteorological Phenomena

Meteorological Phenomena

There are rare locations in the world where one can experience unique, highly unusual phenomena related to meteorology.

Following is an alphabetic list of 10 such locations. Some of these phenomena have been explained, but some have no explanation. All these monuments belong in the category of ‘Sites of Meteorological Phenomena’.

Catatumbo Lightening

Catatumbo Lightening


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1. Catatumbo Lightning

1. Catatumbo Lightning - most persistent thunderstorm

Venezuela, Zulia

The most persistent and most spectacular thunderstorm in the world is Catatumbo Lightning. This is a nearly continuous thunderstorm with up to 20,000 flashes of lightning per night. It produces approximately 10% of the tropospheric ozone in the world.

Contrary to usual thunderstorms Catatumbo Lightning is always in the same place, can be observed 140 - 160 nights during the year and can last for up to 10 hours.

Catatumbo Lightning (cont.)

This inaudible thunderstorm resembles a giant strobe light with up to 20,000 flashes per night. Thanks to clear sky’s the lightening is visible from as far away as the Caribbean -

even from the distant island of Aruba about 500km away. Due to this the lightening is also referred to as the Maracaibo Lighthouse. Hardly any human built lighthouse can beat it’s power! We do not know when the Catatumbo Lightning started but this phenomenon has become a part of the tales of indigenous people.

Chir Batti

2. Chir Batti India, Gujarat. Strange lights have been seen in Gujarat India over the vast plains south from Rann of Kutch.

These "ghost lights" are not explained and resemble round or pear shaped balls of fire glowing like mercury lamps. They float about 0.6 to 3 m above the ground. Sometimes they move around slowly, sometimes they’re fast as arrows.

The interaction of the lights with visitors is especially weird. If you walk away, Chir Batti may follow you. They may follow you up to the nearby Fulay village around Kiro Hill but the balls of light have never harmed anyone.

Hessdalen Lights

Hessdalen Lights

Hessdalen Lights in February 2015. Two moving lights seen – one in the sky (this is not the moon) and one over the forest.

Jesper Brodersen

Capture from YouTube video.

Hessdalen Lights

3. Hessdalen Lights, Norway, Sør-Trøndelag

Hessdalen became internationally renowned when in December 1981 something unusual started happening. About 15 - 20 times per week big, bright and spooky balls of light would appear over the valley.

Sometimes these balls were standing still for more than one hour, and sometimes they would slowly float around. There were times when the light moved very fast. At one time radar estimated a speed of 8 500 m/s, 8 - 9 times faster than the fastest airplane of the world.

Weird illuminations of Hessdalen continued nearly every night and lots of tourists came to witness this marvel. Suddenly during the summer of 1984 the activity decreased significantly and now the lights are observed around 10 - 20 times per year.

Scientific laboratories have been installed to intensely research the lights.

Valley Of Tornadoes

Valley Of Tornadoes

Dust Storm In Markansu Dry Valley – Valley of Tornadoes


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Markansu Desert

4. Markansu Desert - Valley of Tornadoes, Tajikistan, Kuhistoni-Badakhshon Autonomus Province

In order to reach the Tarim basin, the caravans of the Great Silk Road had no choice but to walk through the dry flats in the north-eastern part of Pamir.

This was a tough path due to the fact that in these weird flats there are countless dust devils. They reach the strength of tornadoes and are very dangerous, there have been reports about camels that had their packs lifted by the winds.

People believed that the dust devils were real, fearsome spirits - jinns. No wonder that for centuries the ancient road was lined with corpses of dead pack-animals. These days the Markansu desert still has a somber feeling.

Morning Glory Clouds

Morning Glory Clouds

Morning Glory Clouds, Queensland

Mick Petroff

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Morning Glory Clouds

5. Morning Glory of Carpentaria Gulf, Australia, Queensland and North Australia

This is the only place in the world where an extremely unusual weather phenomenon, called Morning Glory, can be observed on a regular basis.

Morning glory happens early in the morning. While amazed spectators observe, the clouds roll in above them forming long rope-like rows. These long low clouds car reach up to 1,000km long.

Naga Fireballs

Naga Fireballs

Naga Fireballs

Image from Tourism Authority of Tailand

Naga Fireballs of Mekong Thailand

6. Naga fireballs of Mekong, Thailand, Nongkhai and Laos, Vientiane Province

About 70 - 100 kilometres downstream from the Vientiane, capital of Laos, weird things are happening. At night red glowing balls appear from the muddy waters of the Mekong River and quickly rise up in the air disappearing without a noise,

although some who manage to be close to the lights report hearing a silent hiss. These mysterious sparkles are small, but sometimes they can reach the size of a basketball.These are not rare ghosts seen by an occasional person with the authenticity being questioned by the majority.

The Ghost Fireballs of Mekong have been seen by thousands of people and have been photographed, captured on video, and are being investigated by scientists who are looking for the explanation of this interesting phenomenon.

Paasselkä Devils

7. Paasselkä devils, Finland, Southern Savonia

There was a time when locals living around Lake Paasselkä (earlier - Paasivesi) didn’t pay much attention to the lights hovering above the lake. The Paasselkä Devil was just a play of spirits, who should care about them?

These days now that the idea of playful spirits has been dismissed, this frequently seen light-phenomena has become very intriguing. Paasselkä Devil looks like a ball of bright light hovering above the lake. The light is very bright, much more powerful than the distant lights from cars.

It can be calm, resembling a bright lantern or the light might start to move very quickly.

Sometimes these lights behave as if they have their own will. They might follow the fishing boats and have been observed evading the beam of a torch shone in their direction.

Laguna Caliente

Laguna Caliente

Laguna Caliente – Lake of Pure Acid In Poas Crater

Richie Diesterheft

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Poás Volcano and Laguna Caliente

8. Poás Volcano and Laguna Caliente - Costa Rica, Alajuela

The crater lake of Poás Volcano is one of the world’s most acidic lakes. The acidity of fog and rain caused by the acidic gases is near a pH of 2.0 and may be even less.

As a result a wide, lifeless, naked scar some 3.5 km long and 1 km has formed to the west and around the crater that is surrounded by jungle. The effects of the volcanic acid rain extend far beyond this scar.

In nearby vicinities the farm equipment, cars and home utensils become rusty and roofs of the buildings are damaged. Often tourists have been rescued from the nature trails to avoid potential health problems due to acid fog. Sometimes tourists have emerged out of the fog coughing and with runny eyes.

Skeletons In Roopkund Lake

Skeletons In Roopkund Lake


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Roopkund - Skeleton Lake

9. Roopkund - Skeleton Lake, India, Uttarakhand

In the magnificent Gharval Himalaya you will find the mysterious lake, Roopkund. Sometime around 850 AD a large group of local and foreign pilgrims were heading towards the Nanda Devi shrine.

According to a legend they were punished by Goddess Nanda Devi for desecration of this sacred spot of the Himalayas. The remains of hundreds of dead bodies have surrounded the lake for more than 1000 years. The actual cause of death is believed to have been from being caught in a severe hailstorm.

Yoro Fish Rain

10. Yoro Fish Rain, Honduras, Yoro

A small town near Yoro experiences a heavy rain between May and July each year. This would be nothing extraordinary except for the fact that after this rain occurs, countless small living fish are left jumping in the fields as if they had fallen from the sky.

As the storm leaves, people of Yoro pick up baskets and run out to the swampy meadows of La Pantanal at the foot of extinct volcano El Mal Nombre (Bad Word). Hundreds and even thousands of jumping, live fish are found in the wet meadows as if having fallen from the sky during the storm.

People collect the fish to eat and describe the fish as having a specific taste that is different from the taste of common fish.