Strange meteorological disturbances are fascinating, some more explainable than others, all of them testament to the unbridled forces of nature, which more often than not leave us both humbled and in awe. Below are ten bizarre weather phenomena that demonstrate just what happens when the world’s pent up energy is released.
1. Gravity Wave
Unusual image of a wave cloud forming off Amsterdam Island in the Indian Ocean, December 2005.
The undulating pattern of a gravity wave must seem a bizarre sight, especially if you’re more used to seeing waves of the water, not in the sky.
Image: Glen Talbot
Seldom seen gravity waves are caused when air is displaced in the vertical plain, usually as a result of updrafts coming off the mountains or during thunderstorms.