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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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 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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 quite ...
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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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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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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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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 very ...
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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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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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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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