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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 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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Could bread be baked in a mailbox when the temperature is 100°F (37°C)?

Texan journalist John-Carlos Estrada recently reported on Twitter How hot is in Texas?? This woman BAKED BREAD IN HER MAILBOX!! Roberta Wright, who lives in a suburb of Houston, posted these photos ...
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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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Is 70% of the world economy weather-sensitive?

Several sources make varying claims that 70% of the global economy is sensitive/dependant on the weather: Frogcast: Participative fundraising 70% of the world economy is weather sensitive. JOM: ...
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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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Was one-third of Pakistan flooded in August 2022?

An Aug. 30, 2022 NBC article says: A third of Pakistan is underwater as deadly floods leave desperate residents facing 'doomsday' The article later attributes the one third claim to a tweet from ...
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Do the majority of flood deaths happen in vehicles?

According to a radio broadcast of the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)'s NOAA Weather Radio KHB36 162.550 MHz (Manassas, Virginia) on May 24, 2022, a few minutes before 00:00 ...
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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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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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Has it ever rained fish?

There have been several reports of "raining fish" where fish fall from the sky (usually during a rain storm). An example such as this 2010 video from National Geographic seems unlikely at best. Has ...
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Are fossil fuels making the world greener?

The popular understanding (at least among those who are not climate skeptics) of global warming is that it is likely to create environmental catastrophe for reasons such as spreading deserts and ...
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Can Dubai make it rain with drones that emit electric charges?

In this post from LinkedIn there is a video of a bunch of rain fall, the post says, Dubai is making it rain (artificially). Scientists in the United Arab Emirates are using electrical charges from ...
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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 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 the ...
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Does the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission require weatherized pipelines and equipment (but Texas's doesn't)?

The Houston Chornicle writes: Texas has the only American electricity grid with no rules for resiliency. Instead, the GOP majority argued that a system that pays higher prices when demand goes up ...
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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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Can helicopters safely fly when it is raining?

A November 2018 story that has been recently resurrected in the media was about Donald Trump claiming that he didn't make a visit to the Aisne-Marne American Cemetery near Paris by helicopter because ...
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Do mobile phones attract lightning strikes if they are not switched off?

I was out on a field trip with another family when there was a thunderstorm. According to the people in this family, I have to switch off my mobile phone during the thunderstorm, because the "waves" ...
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Does clean air transmit significantly more UV?

The following claim on a German weather forecasting site caught my eye: Der Himmel ist wieder einmal blitzblank geputzt, die Sonne scheint von früh bis spät, die Luft ist angenehm warm – da sollten ...
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Do more people drown in deserts than die of thirst?

I had first heard about the claim that more people drown in deserts than die of thirst in school maybe 30 years ago. The explanation is that sudden rains can create dangerous flooding in normally dry ...
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Could 5G make weather satellites less effective?

I've seen a few articles pop up in sources stating that 5G signals will run too close to the 23.8 MHz signal that weather satellites need in order to accurately produce weather forecasts. National ...
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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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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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Were 50°C (122°F) days recorded across Australia during the 1800s?

The article Forgotten history: 50 degrees everywhere, right across Australia in the 1800s claims that there were regular recorded temperatures above 50°C across Australia in the 1800s: Australians ...
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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 ...
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Is it always snowing somewhere (on earth)?

Today I read on a give-away pen the slogan "It is always snowing somewhere". I don't believe this, but found it a bit hard to prove this wrong.. I found this on google, a quote from "Winter Weather ...
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Has Longitudinal Wave Interferometry ever been used to alter the weather?

I read about these in a few places, This article states: Powers of Longitudinal Wave Interferometers 1 - influence and control the weather, 2 - deviate the giant jetstreams of the upper atmosphere, ...
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Was Hurricane Irma ever a Category 6 storm? [closed]

Is it so powerful that meteorologists made up a "Category 6" for Hurricane Irma? This claim is attributed to a blog post: The scale we have right now really never envisioned storms that powerful. ...
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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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Are these clouds being engineered by chemtrails?

Look-up.org.uk claim there is a conspiracy to alter the weather via chemicals injected into the atmosphere by commercial airliners. One reason given is to hamper solar power energy production because ...
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Can current flooding in California end the years-long drought?

California has been stricken by severe drought for years now, to the point that the governor has been required to mandate water rationing. In an Accuweather piece about the storm currently ravaging ...
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Is this picture of a man in Colorado Springs nearly being blown away, genuine, or a hoax?

This photo was shared on my Facebook page. The post was from FOX21 News Facebook News Feed (January 9 2017, 5:20pm): Colorado Springs off Cimarron and I-25, this city worker is doing his best not to ...
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Do many people die because of shovelling snow?

This is one of those "known truths" supported by what appears to be legitimate expert opinion on public media (see below). But I couldn't find a scientific study of the issue, after all it could be ...
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Does this video show a very localised rain shower falling on one spot?

This video has been doing the rounds* for the past couple of weeks, claiming it's a very local rain shower. I find it hard to believe. A broken water mains or a geyser seems more likely. But the ...
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Should you get out of your car in a tornado?

Very often on TV news and shows about weather advice is given about what best to do if you are caught in the path of a tornado. Almost always included is instructions if you're driving. Obviously if a ...
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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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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 it harmful to sip a little alcohol in the cold?

I read a recent article on ABC News entitled Cold Weather Myths: What You Need to Know During a Snowstorm. In this article, they claim that: Experts say despite the warm feeling a shot of whiskey ...
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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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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 good sign. ...
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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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Does closing a window reduce a serious risk of harm due to ball lightning?

In my country, there is a popular belief that during a thunderstorm, windows should be closed because of the risk of ball lightning. The answers to this other question explain that ball lightning “is ...
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Did Donnie Decker exist and could he make it rain at will?

According to this website: 10 Enigmas, there was a boy called "Donnie Decker" (number 1 on the list in the website), born in 1983, who could make it rain at will. Here is an extract from that story: ...
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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 assuming that tomorrow's weather will be the same as today a good model?

I heard people say that assuming tomorrow's weather will be the same as today's is as good as, or better, than meteorological models. This book says people assume is the best way This site claims ...
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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't form close to the equator, thinking cyclones need the Coriolis effect. He was ...
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Is it possible to make it rain in the desert by burning cactus fields? [closed]

The Karl May's book Winnetou III describes Old Shatterhand crawling almost dead trough the Llano Estacado desert. Near perishing, he encounters enourmous field of dry cactuses. Then he burns the ...
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Do Föhn winds cause migraines and mental illness?

Föhn winds are dry, warm winds which occur in the lee of mountain ranges. According to Wikipedia föhn winds have been long associated with negative health impacts, especially in German-speaking Europe,...
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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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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 ...