The 19 Most Extraordinary Weather Phenomena In Living Memory

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We live with the vagaries of our planet’s weather every day, and perhaps we think we’ve seen it all. But these 19 examples of weird weather prove that there’s always something totally unexpected, and quite often bizarre, happening somewhere on the planet.

Image: Twitter/Bruce Haffner
Image: Twitter/Bruce Haffner

19. Microburst

In July 2016 the inhabitants of Phoenix, Arizona, were treated to a rather extraordinary, and somewhat scary, weather phenomenon: a microburst. These short but powerful wind drafts can occur during thunderstorms. And amazingly, their powerful downward force creates strong gusts of wind along the ground. This one, for example, was captured by helicopter pilot Jerry Ferguson.

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18. Snow in Libya

Libyans had not seen snow for decades when the white stuff came tumbling from the skies in February 2012. Indeed, snow in Libya is a truly rare event, with the coastal lowlands generally experiencing very mild winters. However, the 2011-12 winter was an exceptionally cold one across Europe and north Africa.

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