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10 Times It Has Rained Something Other Than Water

10 Times It Has Rained Something Other Than Water

Frogs! Fish! Birds! They've all been said to appear from clouds. Learn about 10 times the sky rained something other than water at HowStuffWorks. See more »

Does thunder in the winter mean snow is coming?

Does thunder in the winter mean snow is coming?

If you hear thunder during the winter, should you get your snow shovel ready? Find out if thunder in winter means snow is coming. See more »

Does lightning really never strike the same spot twice?

Does lightning really never strike the same spot twice?

You've always heard that lightning never strikes the same spot twice. But is this a safe assumption to bet on? Find out at HowStuffWorks. See more »

Is it dangerous to bathe during a thunderstorm?

Is it dangerous to bathe during a thunderstorm?

Taking a bath during a thunderstorm might be a shocking experience. Find out just how dangerous it is to bathe during a thunderstorm. See more »

Do rubber tires insulate your car from lightning?

Do rubber tires insulate your car from lightning?

Driving during a thunderstorm is scary, but that's why you must prepare. Learn if rubber tires really insulate car from lightning at HowStuffWorks. See more »

Are you safe from lightning if you haven't heard thunder for 30 minutes?

Are you safe from lightning if you haven't heard thunder for 30 minutes?

Timing lightning is a trick undertaking. Learn if you're really safe from lightning if you haven't heard thunder in 30 minutes at HowStuffWorks. See more »

Are you safe from lightning if the storm hasn't hit yet?

Are you safe from lightning if the storm hasn't hit yet?

The storm clouds may seem far away, but lightning may strike soon. Learn if you're safe from lightning if a storm hasn't hit yet at HowStuffWorks. See more »

Are you safe from lightning if the skies are clear?

Are you safe from lightning if the skies are clear?

Sometimes the sky can be deceiving. Learn if you're safe from lightning if the skies are clear at HowStuffWorks. See more »

Are you safe from lightning if it's not thundering?

Are you safe from lightning if it's not thundering?

If you don't hear thunder, you're safe from lightning -- right? Find out if you are safe from lightning if it's not thundering at HowStuffWorks. See more »

Should you hang up your landline during a thunderstorm?

Should you hang up your landline during a thunderstorm?

If you're in a thunderstorm, should you stay off your landline phone? Learn about thunderstorm and phone safety. See more »