Weird Weather

Tales of Astronomical and Atmospheric Anomalies

  • David A. J. Seargent

Part of the Astronomers' Universe book series (ASTRONOM)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. David A. J. Seargent
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  3. David A. J. Seargent
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  9. Back Matter
    Pages 355-360

About this book


Have you ever heard the story of the tornado that lifted a man’s wallet right from his pants pocket? What about the myth of the Min-Min light in Australia?  Do you have a story about seeing the “Green Flash” or want an explanation of the mysterious Sun Dogs?

Weird Weather: Tales of Astronomical and Atmospheric Anomalies is about the strange, unusual, and inexplicable events that take place in the air and sky. These include meteors that appear inside a darkened house, ghost lights that follow lone travelers, lightning emerging from patches of fog, and much more. Many of these climatic brainteasers occur within Earth’s skies, but there are parallel curiosities on other worlds, including: lightning on Venus, methane spouts on Titan, thunderstorms twice the size of Earth on Saturn, whirlwinds and dust storms on Mars , and auroras on Jupiter!

Just as atmosphere and outer space are not separated by a sharp boundary, so the subject of this book is not confined to the skies. Earth is the way it is because of its location in the wider universe. Weird Weather: Tales of Astronomical and Atmospheric Anomalies is for those who are fascinated by the spectacular effects of climate and weather on other worlds and our own endlessly fasincating blue planet in the Solar System.


Astronomical climate drivers Atmospheric luminous phenomena Aurora events Catastrophic effects of asteroids Effects of solar output Electrophonic sounds Global climate change Ice ages Meteorological oddities Planetary weather

Authors and affiliations

  • David A. J. Seargent
    • 1
  1. 1.The EntranceAustralia

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media New York 2012
  • Publisher Name Springer, Boston, MA
  • eBook Packages Physics and Astronomy
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4614-3069-8
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4614-3070-4
  • Series Print ISSN 1614-659X
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