We’ve already seen our share of winter storms, severe weather, cold outbreaks, flooding and droughts so far in 2018. But there are some weather events every year that are downright strange, and this year is no exception.
The events we consider strange are weather phenomena happening repeatedly in one place, in a place where you wouldn’t think they would occur or during an unusual time of year.
Some are phenomena you may not find in a Weather 101 textbook.
Freezing Rain in Florida
Just after New Year’s Day, Winter Storm Grayson blanketed Tallahassee, Florida, with its first measurable snow since 1989, and the first January such occurrence, there, in records dating to 1885.
That’s eye-catching enough. What was even more bizarre was seeing an ice accumulation map involving the Sunshine State.
Up to a quarter inch of ice accumulation was measured in Lake City, and light icing on elevated surfaces was reported as far south as Levy County.
A Horseshoe Cloud
While the nor’easter parade was hammering the East Coast, a bizarre cloud was captured in video over Nevada in early March.
As meteorologist Jonathan Belles explained, this rare horseshoe vortex is fleeting, lasting only minutes, when a relatively flat cloud moves over a column of rising air, which also gives the cloud some spin.
A State Record Hailstone
Alabama’s notorious history of severe weather, particularly tornadoes, is well documented. On March 19, however, it was a hailstone that captured meteorologists’ attention.
One softball-size hailstone near Cullman, Alabama, was found to set a new state record, more than 5 inches in diameter.
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