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October 15, 2010

Bone-Chilling and Mysterious Weather

As promised, this week we bring you “bone-chilling, thrilling weather disasters!!”

The Bermuda Triangle.
Has anyone ever come out?

We’ve all heard about this mystic and mysterious corner in the North Atlantic Ocean, but is there a scientific explanation for the unusual events that occur in the Bermuda Triangle?

Christopher Columbus recorded the first unusual event to occur in the Bermuda Triangle area when he wrote about his compass acting bizarre. In fact, the Bermuda Triangle is one of two places on earth where magnetic compasses do not point north. This could be one reason that so many ships and airplanes get disoriented and "disappear" in this area of the Atlantic.

Some say that in the twentieth century the Bermuda Triangle claimed more than 1,000 lives. Countless ships and airplanes have disappeared in or above this area never to be seen or heard from again. This phenomena has only added to the Bermuda Triangle myths of monsters, giant-squid, aliens, time warps, and even portals to the lost continent of Atlantis.

There could be an explanation for the disappearance of these boats and planes. Unpredictable weather can create short-lived but sever storms, and swift ocean currents and deep marine trenches effectively hide all evidence or debris of these storms.

While there is some scientific evidence to explain this phenomena, many still believe there is something unexplainable and unknown in the Bermuda Triangle. Regardless of whether or not you believe that this corner of the ocean contains aliens or time warps, is pretty amazing and mysterious.

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Can a tornado really send you to the Land of Oz?

Often called “nature’s most violent storm” a tornado begins with a thunderstorm and advances into a circular, fast moving column of air extending from the clouds to the ground. These air filled funnels can move with tremendous speed of 250 mph or more! That’s faster than a NASCAR driver, but probably not enough to take you to the yellow brick road.

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Ice Storms
Here is the bone-chilling part.

Ice storms are created when ground temperature is below freezing (32 F), above ground is close to freezing, and when frozen rain/hail covers the region. Ice storms occur in areas with no snow, though it can occur in areas with snow.

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Tune in next week!

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