7 Common Misconceptions About Weather

Posted by Kyle Brookings on Monday, August 13, 2018
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For thousands of years humans have tried to predict the weather. From watching clouds, to weather lore, to modern forecasting.

Just as there are many ways to predict the weather, there are several myths surrounding weather.

Here are seven that we found...
  1. Lightning never strikes the same place twice. This is a myth and a dangerous one. Lightning can, and does, strike the same place twice. The CN Tower for example gets struck several times per year by lightning.
  2. Polar Vortex is not new. We have all heard of the "Polar Vortex" during the winter months. Some argue that this is a new term when in fact it has appeared in meteorology textbooks for decades.
  3. Cloud trails from airplanes are not a government conspiracy. Contrails are somewhat similar to the physics of "seeing our breath" on a cold day.
  4. A hot day doesn't confirm climate change. On an abnormally hot day we cannot say it is caused by climate change, just as we can't say climate change is not happening on a cold day.
  5. There is no end of the rainbow. There is no pot of gold at the end of the rainbow because there is no end to a rainbow. When looking at a rainbow, part of it is always obstructed by the horizon. Unless you are in a plane way up above the ground looking down on the earth with the sun bearing down on you from behind, you will only see half of the rainbow. A full rainbow is actually a complete circle.
  6. Wind doesn't cause the most deaths in a hurricane. Many people are under the impression that most hurricane damage is caused by the wind speeds, which can easily reach over 160 km/h. However, many people are unaware that the main damage caused by hurricanes is the storm surge.
  7. Freezing rain is not frozen rain falling from the sky. Freezing rain is actually just normal rain while falling from the sky, it doesn't freeze until it makes contact with a surface.
What are some of the one's you have heard?

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