The state of the atmosphere, to the degree that it is hot or cold, wet or dry, calm or stormy, clear or cloudy.

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Is it safe to stand by the windows during a thunderstorm?

There is widespread belief in my culture that we should not stay near door or windows during lightning. So people advise others to stay inside house with doors and windows closed to be safe from ...
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Does it rain more often on weekends than weekdays?

Does it rain more often on weekends than weekdays? I don't remember where I heard this, but due to human activity such as Factories not opening on weekends Fewer people traveling in cars Offices ...
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Has anthropogenic climate change been disproven? [duplicate]

Some scientists attribute non-terrestrial causes for climate change. Are they correct? For example, this scientist attributes current weather extremes to solar activity, moon orbit cycles and ...
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If the viewable part of lightning goes from the ground up, why does it look like lightning goes from the sky down? [closed]

According to here, it seems like the visible portion of lightning comes from the ground up; however I watched some slow motion YouTube videos, and it is clear that the lightning appears to be ...
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Do cyclones or hurricanes form near the equator?

I'm a pretty intelligent guy (I like to think) and I work with a pretty intelligent guy. Today, I said cyclones can form close to the equator, thinking cyclones need the Coriolis effect. He was quite ...
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Does US law leave walk-shoveling homeowners open to lawsuit more than those who don't shovel at all?

The argument is that by trying (and failing) to maintain your walkways, you're responsible for accidents that happen there, while if you don't make any attempt at all, any accident or injury is an Act ...
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Did January 2014 American snowfall char and burn when exposed to fire?

This site, ‘Fake Snow’: Videos In Multiple States Show Strange Snow That Doesn’t Melt Normal, Burns, Smells of ‘Plastic’, shows several videos and images of people burning snow they collect from ...
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Do lakes and seaside areas have less snow? Why?

A friend claimed that areas near lakes or the sea have less snow, a theory she heard on a visit to Lancaster, England, which is near the Lake District as well as the Irish Sea and so would feel the ...
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Has climate change measurably increased the likelihood of tropical storms such as Haiyan?

The recent extreme tropical storm Haiyan has brought the relationship between cyclones and climate change back into the newspaper headlines. This recent headline from Britain's Daily Mirror suggests ...
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Was Typhoon Haiyan influenced by man-made microwaves?

So this video and other blog posts are making the claim that Haiyan was influenced, started or even straight-up controlled by man-made microwave emissions. He doesn't cite any sources much beyond his ...
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Does “red rain” contain extraterrestrial cells?

Wikipedia claims that: The Kerala red rain phenomenon was a blood rain (red rain) event that occurred from July 25 to September 23, 2001, when red-coloured rain sporadically fell on the southern ...
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Is it possible to stop a hurricane by nuking it?

To reduce tragedy, loss-of-life and, of course, disaster-relief costs, the idea of somehow stopping a hurricane has been around for some time now. One of many theories is that a nuke in the coldest ...
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Do changes in weather make people more likely to get sick? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Is time of the year a factor on the risk of catching a common cold? I've heard this from my father and I feel like I've experienced it personally, but I can't tell ...
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Is Nikola Tesla the only scientist to successfully create ball lightning?

Related: Is there any scientific proof that ball lightning is real? Someone passed along this The Oatmeal comic about Tesla. It's quite interesting and entertaining. I was curious about a lot of ...
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Can changes in weather cause pain or increased pain? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Do weather changes affect arthritis? A common claim is that changes in weather (e.g. low pressure system, colder, damper, etc.) can cause pain or increased pain. This ...
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Is there a strip of land in China with unusual temperature properties?

From this source: In 1985 the Chinese press announced the discovery of a strip of land 1,000 metres by 15 metres, running down from a hill to a river, in Huanre County, Liaoning province. In ...
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How dangerous is it to be in a small watercraft when thunder is heard? [closed]

Recently, I was about to go boating and I heard thunder so I didn't. At the time, though, I saw that the storm head was passing about 20 miles to the West of us and there were only a few, dispersed ...
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Does rain affect ADSL speed or reliability?

ADSL connections in Sydney, Australia seem to either not work, or work slower when it's been raining or after it's been raining. I tried googling for ADSL and rain, and I got a lot of user-generated ...
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Is the weather particularly bad in England?

There's a well-known claim that weather is particularly rainy in England. In the UK, a country known for its bad weather and lack of sunshine, there appears to be an ever increasing number of ...
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Can a cup of coffee be used as a barometer?

A recent Instructable was picked up by Lifehacker. It states: When you pour the coffee into your cup, watch the bubbles. If the bubbles move to the edge of the cup rather quickly, that's a ...
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Are there weather conditions on Earth where winds could 'blow someone over'? [closed]

Q: How fast does the wind have to be in order to "blow a person away" and not just knock them over? Is there a specific formula for this? A: There is no specific formula to determine at what ...
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Has weather been weaponised?

A letter in The Guardian makes the following claims: While seemingly fantastical, weather has been weaponised. At least four countries – the US, Russia, China and Israel – possess the technology ...
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Does wearing summer clothing during the winter increase your tolerance to the cold?

My dad could tolerate long periods of time outside during the winter while wearing shorts and a t-shirt. He told me he started wearing warmer-weather clothing during the winter, and eventually his ...
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Are slick bicycle tires more slippery in the wet?

I always assumed slick (tread-less) tires were more prone to loss of traction in the wet. That is until I read this answer on the bicycles SE which claims that bicycle tires are too thin, round and ...
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Does drinking hot beverages on a hot day make a person feel cooler? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Is drinking hot water more beneficial during hot weather? Over the years I've heard from various people that drinking hot beverages on a hot day will make you feel ...
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Does low solar activity cause cold weather?

I'm in Ireland where a few papers have recently parrotted an independent body's assertion that we're heading for low solar activity and, accordingly, a very cold winter. The statement has been ...
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Does Gilbraltar affect the weather in its climatological/meteorological neighbourhood?

When I was in Gilbraltar a few years ago, several locals of both Spain and Gibraltar commented on the fact that the peninsula has a weather system distinct from the areas around it, and that the ...
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Can cows accurately predict when it is going to rain?

And do they show when they know it's going to rain by lying down, as the common saying suggests. Or is this just folklore? A quote on this Discovery Channel discussion board says this: Cows are ...
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Do wind farms have a significant impact on weather patterns in the US?

On my way in to work today there was a guest on the radio claiming that the "Heat Dome" was the result of the disturbance of natural wind patterns by the windfarms that have proliferated the ...
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Are storms getting more or less severe in the long term for Australia?

Over the past couple of years people have been claiming that storms are getting more severe in Australia. Some linking this to global warming. Specifically Professor Ross Garnaut in the opening ...
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Could lightning have struck the entire North Korean women's soccer team?

After the match between the United States and North Korea in the Women's World Cup in 2011 where the USA won the match 2-0, lightning was blamed by the North Korean manager. He is quoted as saying ...
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Is long-term weather prediction effective?

The Farmer's Almanac is used by many farmers to time plantings, harvesting, fertilizing, etc., based upon the results of "long-term weather prediction". Is there any evidence that such predictions ...
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Is drinking hot water more beneficial during hot weather?

I heard from various sources since I was growing up that during hot weather one should drink warm or hot drinks and during cold weather one should rather drink cold drinks, but a quick google found no ...
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Can we smell coming rain?

I read in a book that apparently a 'sea salt' or sailor could smell the rain and then predict oncoming weather. Is this true, can people smell rain?
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Is watering plants under a hot sun bad?

A couple of people have told me that it's a bad for plants to be watered in the middle of a sunny day, i.e. it's not just that you waste more water due to evaporation, but that there are actually bad ...
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Is ball lightning real?

Over the ages there have been many accounts of ball lightning. Some accounts from Wikipedia are as follows: One of the earliest descriptions was reported during The Great Thunderstorm at a ...
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Do trees shed their leaves in autumn?

Growing up, we were regularly taught in geography about the different seasons and how most trees would shed their leaves in autumn, while evergreen trees do not shed their leaves. However, I live in ...
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Lightning never strikes in the same place twice?

Is it possible during the same storm for lightning to hit the same place twice? Say hitting a large tree twice or within a reasonable area?
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Is there existing technology to make it rain or to dissipate clouds?

I heard (example article) that the Chinese government caused it to rain before and during the Olympics to reduce pollution levels. Does reliable technology currently exist that could trigger rain ...
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Do weather changes affect arthritis?

My father always claims he knows when a storm is coming by the pain in his knee. It turns out he might not be as crazy as I thought. Many people with arthritis report varying pain levels as a result ...
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Is the coldest part of the day an hour after the sun comes up?

Popular lore states that generally the lowest temperature of any given day occurs an hour after sunrise, because it takes some time for the heat from the Sun to reach Earth. But, it only takes about ...
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Does the Mount Washington wind speed record have scientific validity?

A record wind gust of 231 miles/hour was recorded in 1934, according to http://www.mountwashington.org/about/visitor/recordwind.php Wind speeds of this magnitude are commonly known to damage or ...
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Can HAARP affect weather or earthquakes?

Project HAARP is a favorite target of conspiracy theorists. It has been blamed for causing the Haiti earthquake, the recent Japanese earthquake and many, many other events. The High Frequency ...
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Do contrails last long enough to explain chemtrails?

I often hear the claim that "chemtrails" have to exist, because normal contrails don't linger very long. Is there a definitive scientific explanation for why normal contrails sometimes do, in fact ...