5 Incredibly Dangerous Weather Myths That People Actually Believe

Dennis Mersereau · 10/12/15 02:55PM

Myths are fascinating. It’s incredible what kind of stuff people will believe if you make it sound authoritative enough (see: chemtrails), but some of those myths are downright dangerous. Here are five popular weather myths that could kill you one day if you actually believe in them.

Heat Lightning Does Not Exist

Dennis Mersereau · 07/28/15 01:10PM

One of the best ways to spend a summer evening is to stand outside and watch a distant storm, the soft rumbles of thunder distracting you from the mosquitoes eating you alive. The most well-known part of these summertime thunderstorms is a phenomenon known as “heat lightning,” which doesn’t really exist.

Woman Struck by Lightning While Getting Off Flight Diverted by Storms

Dennis Mersereau · 06/29/15 01:03PM

A Charlotte-bound flight was diverted to Columbia, South Carolina, on Saturday evening due to strong storms over the Queen City. As if landing in South Carolina against your will isn’t bad enough, a storm developed over Columbia and zapped a passenger as she got off the U.S. Airways Express flight.

Lightning Destroyed the Zephyrometer in a Fireball Yesterday

Dennis Mersereau · 08/15/14 12:33PM

The New Zealand capital's famed Zephyrometer, a weathery sculpture that stands a little over 100 feet tall, met its demise after a thunderstorm struck Wellington on Thursday and a bolt of lightning destroyed the sculpture in a fireball, hurling its fiery remains onto the street below.

Man Struck by Lightning While Trying to Catch Lightning on Camera

Dennis Mersereau · 08/04/14 04:19PM

A Seattle man out for a walk this past Saturday stopped to film the sky in hopes of seeking out some bolts of lightning from an oncoming storm, but he got more than he bargained for when the lightning sought him out instead.

July 10, 1926: The Day Nature Blew up a Town in New Jersey

Dennis Mersereau · 07/10/14 10:30AM

88 years ago today, an explosion of almost unbelievable proportions rocked northern New Jersey, killing nearly two dozen people and shaking the military to its core. The cause was neither criminal nor was it an act of war, but rather a single bolt of lightning.

Lightning Mostly Kills Men Because Men Are Dumb

Dennis Mersereau · 06/27/14 03:50PM

Almost everyone killed by lightning in the United States is a man. Since 2006, 80% of lightning victims were men. All seven people killed by lightning so far this year were men. This brings us to the only possible conclusion: men are stupid.

Blitzortung Is One of the Best, Most Mesmerizing Websites Out There

Dennis Mersereau · 06/12/14 11:18AM

The internet is saturated with websites that give you weather information, and frankly, most of them suck. Very few allow you to see lightning around the world in real-time, and even fewer give you this data for free. But there is one nugget of gold tucked deep in the confines of Europe that gives you the best of the best, all for free.