Freak weather phenomena never cease to fascinate – and sometimes to terrify. If you’re intrigued by the vagaries of the climate, this list is guaranteed to send your temperature soaring. From catatumbo lightning and moonbows to microbursts and quadruple rainbows, everything is covered in our not-to-be-missed list of 20 incredible weather events.
20. Asperitas cloud
This mind-bending apparition was snapped in the skies over New Zealand. As yet, science doesn’t have an explanation for this natural phenomenon, so for the moment you’ll just have to sit back and enjoy it. Meanwhile, you can impress your friends by telling them that, in 2017, asperitas was the first new formation of cloud to be added to the International Cloud Atlas since 1951.