The fire tornado or fire devil, one of nature’s rarest phenomenon, is caused when a column of superheated, rising air comes into contact with a wildfire. Basically its a tornado composed of fire instead of dust.
Film-maker Chris Tangey of Alice Springs Film and Television was filming a wildfire in Curtin Springs, Australia, when a small twister touched down causing it to build into a spinning flame. Just 300 meters away was a 30 meter high fire swirl which “sounded like a fighter jet” despite there being no wind in the area. The tornado that Tangey caught on camera reportedly lasted for more than 40 minutes.
(Source: Daily Mail)
The Catatumbo Lightning Phenomenon
Confined to the skies above Venezuela’s Lake Maracaibo, there are ceaseless streaks of lightning caused by an atmospheric phenomenon that occurs strictly in an area located over the mouth of the Catatumbo River. Due to its location, they have named the phenomenon Catatumbo lightning.
The constant lightning has captivated the interests of scientists, explorers and artists for centuries. After much debate and speculation, the phenomenon is believed to be caused by the interaction of thunderstorms with natural methane and oil deposits in the area.
The lightning can be observed in the Venezuelan horizon up to 280 times an hour and tends to start approximately one hour after dusk. The lightning in this small area is considered to be the world’s largest single generator of tropospheric ozone, that is, ozone that does not replenish the stratospheric ozone layer. For lightning photographers and researchers, it provides the perfect conditions for nearly six months every year and up to ten hours a day.
Ice expedition in North Baikal, Russia, A.Trofimov and N.Demina, 2013.
Beauty and Destruction from Above
A Netherlands-based visual artist named Marinus has been running his blog, Head Like an Orange, on Tumblr since October 2011. He takes short excerpts of nature footage and loops them to create mesmerizing moments of life through his gifs like these above.
Thunderbolts and Lightning Very Very Frightening
Inspired by landscapes of nature and weather, German photographer Franz Schumacher captured a series of photographs that showcases thunderstorms and lightning. His photo series demonstrates the timeliness and location precisions needed, in order to achieve impressive images like these.
Spectacular Display of the Northern Lights in Norway
It is easy to see why our ancestors were in awe of this magisterial display. Cowering lest they be sucked into the skies, they imagined that what they were seeing were the spirits of the dead; they saw warriors with burning swords, shoals of shimmering fish, the reflections of departed maidens. They felt it was dangerous to be outside.
Ice Caves in Ireland