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How rare are double rainbows?

How rare are double rainbows?

A double rainbow! Just the sight of one can send us babbling into happiness. Learn how rare double rainbows are to find out if you'll ever see one. See more »

How big can hail get (and how is that even possible)?

How big can hail get (and how is that even possible)?

Hail gets bigger the longer ice bounces around in storm clouds. Find out how big hail can get and learn about how hail forms at HowStuffWorks. See more »

Could there be a triple rainbow?

Could there be a triple rainbow?

Just one rainbow is impressive enough, but what about multiple? Learn if triple rainbows are possible at HowStuffWorks. See more »

Does a wet summer mean a brilliant fall?

Does a wet summer mean a brilliant fall?

Does the brilliance of fall leaves owe credit to summer rains? Learn if a wet summer means they'll be a colorful fall at HowStuffWorks. See more »

Can you predict winter weather based on summer weather?

Can you predict winter weather based on summer weather?

Predicting a long-term weather forecast accurately is unlikely. Learn whether you can predict winter weather based on summer weather at HowStuffWorks. See more »

Does a ring around the moon mean rain is coming soon?

Does a ring around the moon mean rain is coming soon?

Can a ring around the moon really predict rain? Find out and learn about moon rings and weather prediction. See more »

How does the Farmers' Almanac predict weather?

How does the Farmers' Almanac predict weather?

Does the Farmers' Almanac accurately predict the weather, or is it just blowing hot air? Learn about the Farmers' Almanac weather predictions. See more »

Is humid air heavier than dry air?

Is humid air heavier than dry air?

If humid air is just air plus water, then it has to be heavier than dry air, right? Get the answer and learn about humidity and molecular physics. See more »

Is the cloud spiral phenomenon real?

Is the cloud spiral phenomenon real?

What is a cloud spiral and is it a real weather phenomenon? Find out. See more »

What is the rarest weather phenomenon?

What is the rarest weather phenomenon?

What is the strangest weather-related thing that could happen? Raining frogs? A triple rainbow? Or something else? See more »