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10 Not Normal Phenomena That Actually Exist






 Red Tides

Red Tides
Newspix / Rex /__username__
No, this isn’t a screenshot from Ghostbusters II. Red tides occur when algae rapidly accumulate in an area of water

 Foxfire

Foxfire
Ylem / Via en.wikipedia.org
Also known as “fairy fire,” this phenomenon is the result of naturally occurring bioluminescence in some species of fungi found on decaying wood. Even the forest needs a night light

Columnar Basalt

Columnar Basalt
Joe Pepler /__username__
These typically hexagonal columns are formed from a relatively rapid cooling of lava flow. Aside from looking awesome, columnar basalt makes for one mean game of hopscotch

 Fire Rainbow

Fire Rainbow
Brandon Rios /__username__
Circumhorizontal arcs, or fire rainbows as they’re commonly known, is an optical phenomenon caused by plate-shaped ice crystals in cirrus clouds or when magical ponies fly through the air

 Haboob

Haboob
Corporal Alicia M. Garcia, U.S. Marine Corps / Via en.wikipedia.org
Haboobs (insert childish giggling here) are a type of intense dust storm that occur in arid areas around the world

 Mammatus Clouds

Mammatus Clouds
Mark Smith /__username__
It’s so fluffy! Mammatus clouds consist of many groupings of lobes on the underside of a cloud and are usually a sign of a coming extreme weather system

 Rainbow Bark

Rainbow Bark
Warren Krupsaw / Solent News / Rex /__username__
There’s no need to adjust the color on your monitor. The bark of the rainbow eucalyptus sheds at different times, thus creating a wide range of different colors as the bark matures

 Light Pillars

Light Pillars
Christoph Geisler / Via en.wikipedia.org
Light pillars are typically created from the reflection of light in ice crystals in the atmosphere or when Scotty beams you up

 Firenadoes

Firenadoes
David McNew / Getty Images
And you thought regular tornadoes were bad. Popularly known as firenados or fire tornados, fire whirls typically form during wildfires and can be strong enough to uproot trees

 Blue Holes

Blue Holes
Image Source / Rex /__username__
Typically circular, blue holes are created by underwater sinkholes and are totally not secret gateways to another dimension consisting of nothing but cupcakes and brownies. These holes appear deep blue because the color blue isn’t as readily absorbed in the water as other colors of the light spectrum
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