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Were 50°C (122°F) days recorded across Australia during the 1800s?

This is true, but misleading Temperatures over 50 were routinely measured in Australia in the 19th century, but it was due to the fact that Australia hadn't modernized its weather technology until ...
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Was one-third of Pakistan flooded in August 2022?

The Washington Post seems to disagree; they don't repeat the 1/3 claim and post this map instead, where blue area is clearly less than 1/3 of Pakistan. Note the 100 miles scale. OTOH Nature in its ...
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Does clean air transmit significantly more UV?

Yes. Based on [Relationship between surface UV radiation and air pollution in Beijing] from 2008 by An JL1, Wang YS, Li X, Sun Y, Shen SH. This study also shows that a substantial reduction (up ...
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Could bread be baked in a mailbox when the temperature is 100°F (37°C)?

No. According to media reports, the woman in the picture has stated that the photo was staged, and intended to be a joke: If the story is too good to be true, it's because it is. Roberta says while ...
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Are these clouds being engineered by chemtrails?

It is entirely normal and natural for clouds to form around the contrails of aircraft. The clouds in the video are mostly cirrus. Cirrus clouds are very high clouds of ice crystals, and form in ...
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Could bread be baked in a mailbox when the temperature is 100°F (37°C)?

No Bread is typically baked at between 350 and 475F (180 and 246C) I did a bit more research and found it's possible do do it at lower temperatures. It did take 45 minutes and the bread doesn't have ...
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Can Dubai make it rain with drones that emit electric charges?

Yes. Some articles: one, two, three, four. In essence, chemical cloud seeding uses something like salt or silver iodide as a nucleus. Water vapor collects around such particles, eventually growing to ...
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Was Hurricane Irma ever a Category 6 storm?

No, the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale currently tops-out at Category 5. Snopes has also covered this issue: Is Irma a Category 6 storm? We can say with certainty that Hurricane Irma is not a ...
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Should you get out of your car in a tornado?

An F2 tornado can flip and tumble lighter cars, which might be less comfortable than lying flat in a ditch where the wind can't get under you. Certainly in this case: Better options than ditches, ...
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Do many people die because of shovelling snow?

About 100 a year in the USA. An estimated 195 100 individuals (95% confidence interval, 140 400-249 800) were treated in US EDs for snow shovel–related incidents during the 17-year study period, ...
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Do the majority of flood deaths happen in vehicles?

The NOAA has categorized data online for deaths due to flooding going back to 1996. The total number per year fluctuates quite significantly, but if we add the data from all years together we get 2123 ...
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Has Longitudinal Wave Interferometry ever been used to alter the weather?

I don't believe "longitudinal wave interferometry" is actually a thing. Therefore, I think it's safe to say that any related weapons do not actually exist, and even implying that said weapons are "...
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Does the Mount Washington wind speed record have scientific validity?

THE GREAT WIND OF APRIL 11-12, 1934, ON MOUNT WASHINGTON, N.H., AND ITS MEASUREMENT In the course of preparation of this paper, and in order to establish all the facts of such important records, ...
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Is this picture of a man in Colorado Springs nearly being blown away, genuine, or a hoax?

The Facebook post cites Cody Pierce as the source for the photo. In a comment on that post (does that link to the comment? it should) he states: Marg Braddock Real or photo chopped? Either way it is ...
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Is Nikola Tesla the only scientist to successfully create ball lightning?

He is not the only one to reproduce ball lightning. Mysterious 'Ball Lightning' Recreated In The Lab [GIFS] From a NASA site (PDF): At last the discovery of how to produce ball lightning on a command ...
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Can helicopters safely fly when it is raining?

On the one hand, I accept that Hollywood exaggerates ... Funerals and somber events almost inevitably are portrayed as happening during slightly inclement weather in Hollywood movies. An umbrella is ...
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Does this video show a very localised rain shower falling on one spot?

This is false. The origin of this claim is this video which shows water coming up from the ground not the sky. Snopes has an article debunking it. The video has been circulating online since at least ...
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Could 5G make weather satellites less effective?

This issue was discussed during the last World Radiocommunication Conference, held in November 2019 by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), under Agenda Item 1.13. The ITU has worked on ...
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Can helicopters safely fly when it is raining?

Yes, they can fly in rain with no trouble at all and there is plenty of evidence to back this up. Of course in situations like this safety concerns are different because it would be the president of ...
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Do mobile phones attract lightning strikes if they are not switched off?

No, mobile phones do not attract lightning strikes. NPR specifically addressed this BMJ article in Debunking the Cell Phone-Lightning Connection on August 2, 2006: You may have heard something a ...
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Does the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission require weatherized pipelines and equipment (but Texas's doesn't)?

According to another, longer piece in the same newspaper (published on the same day), part of the answer is that mandatory winterization rules are still being drafted by the NERC: Last year, the ...
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Do more people drown in deserts than die of thirst?

Another source claims that: It is believed that, in 525 B.C., 50,000 soldiers of a Persian Army perished in the Thar Desert in the face of a giant sandstorm, and their compelling remains were ...
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Could lightning have struck the entire North Korean women's soccer team?

In 1998 players from Bena Tshadi in the Democratic Republic of Congo were killed mid-game. Bena Tshadi were drawing 1-1 with visitors Basanga in the eastern province of Kasai when tragedy struck. "...
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Can current flooding in California end the years-long drought?

Drought conditions in the United States are monitored by the US Geological Survey (USGS). See the following link for current California hydrological drought conditions: https://waterwatch.usgs.gov/?...
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Was one-third of Pakistan flooded in August 2022?

There are satellite images from 4th August and 28th August on Live Science website. 'Monsoon on steroids' has flooded vast swaths of Pakistan, disturbing satellite images show New satellite images ...
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Was one-third of Pakistan flooded in August 2022?

From a recent episode of BBC Radio program "More or Less" https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/p0czg85z They traced the original statement back to the Pakistan Minister saying the proportion of ...
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Could 5G make weather satellites less effective?

An article on Nature web page suggests the reason behind the concern. The 5G transmissions will involve many frequencies, but the key one under discussion is 23.8 gigahertz. Water vapour in the ...
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Has it ever rained fish?

Apparently gulls dropped lamprey in various locations in Fairbanks, Alaska in 2015. The Alaska Department of Fish and Game in Fairbanks has been fielding calls this week about eel-like fish falling ...
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Is Nikola Tesla the only scientist to successfully create ball lightning?

He is not the only but beyond doubt was the first one. According to Ball lightnings in Tesla's lab: The adjustments should be made with particular care when the transmitter is one of great power, not ...
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