While there are certainly places on our planet that could use a good downpour, we’d have a whole new set of problems if the rains came and never let up. Life Noggin explores the hypothetical scenario of endless rain, and what it might mean for our planet.
If you thought that rain had a teardrop shape as it fell, you’d be totally wrong. With the help of a vertical wind tunnel, It’s Okay to Be Smart shows us what these droplets of water look like as they head towards Earth, while teaching us about surface tension and air resistance.
Stormchasing photographer Mike Olbinski got exactly what he was looking for back on May 1. While making his way through the plains of Kansas, he set up his camera to shoot a time lapse of the stormy weather, and managed to capture the initial formation of an EF3 tornado.
Incredible footage captured over Kimberley, Australia, as storm clouds and lightning rolled through. Geoff Green’s time-lapse is at once an awe-inspiring and terrifying reminder of nature’s fury. Photo geeks: shot w/ Nikon D800 @ 1 frame per 2 sec, 1.6 sec exposure, ISO 2000.
Lots of us stayed outside to watch the big solar eclipse this week, but this isn’t the view any of us saw. Instead of looking up at the skies, the University of Wisconsin Madison time-lapsed weather satellite imagery to track the shadow of the moon as it crossed the US.
We always thought the idea behind revolving doors was to keep the bad weather out of buildings, but in this video captured during a storm in Istanbul, Turkey, it seems the wind and rain got the better of the spinning door, and left quite a mess. Original video here.
Fortunately, it’s starting to gradually warm up in most of the Northern Hemisphere, but when it is cold out, you just want to get somewhere warm as quickly as possible. Minute Physics ponders whether or not it’s better to proceed slowly when you’re freezing your butt off.
We won’t let the irritating audio take away from Mitchell F. Chan’s Something Something National Conversation (In 2 Characters or Less), which features one of the most satisfying elements we’ve seen in an art installation – two puffy white clouds colliding endlessly in mid-air.
TopFelya captured this incredible footage at a runway at London’s Gatwick Airport, as a series of jumbo jets each manages to successfully land or take off in a dense fog that seems to swallow up the planes. The mist coming off the wings of the planes is especially eerie.
During an intense thunderstorm in Kansas, photographer Ron Risman pointed his lens at the electrical spectacle, and captured a 180-second sequence of lightning that’s as impressive as any fireworks show. The addition of dramatic music serves to heighten the thrill.
SciShow offers up a brief, yet informative look at nature’s electric fury. Learn what conditions make lightning occur, and the differences between some of the various types of lightning that we experience here on our planet, some of which most of us have never seen.