Collection of Weather Myths You Might Want to Know ~ Kwentology


What are some weather myths? People once thought the Sun was a god. The sun god was often considered to be the most important god of all, because he brought light and warmth and ripened crops. The ancient Egyptians built pyramids that pointed up to their sun god, Re, while the Aztecs believed that their sun god, Huitzilpochtli, had even shown them where to build their capital city. The Egyptian sun god, Re, was often shown with the head of a falcon.

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The Vikings Thought a God Brought Thunder

In Scandinavian mythology, Thor was the god of war and thunder, worshiped across what is now Scandinavia. The Vikings pictured Thor as a red-bearded giant. He carried a hammer that produced bolts of lightning. Our day, Thursday, is named in Thor's honour.

Hurricanes are Named after a God

The Mayan people lived in Central America, the part of the world that is most affected by hurricanes. Their creator god was called Huracan.

Totem Poles Honoured the Thunderbird

Certain tribes of Native American Indians built tall, painted totem poles, carved in the image of the Thunderbird. They wanted to keep the spirit happy, because they thought it brought rain to feed the plants. A Native American Indian totem pole depicting the spirit of the Thunderbird.

People Once Danced for Rain

In hot places such as Africa, people developed dances to bring rain. These were performed by the village shaman (religious woman or a man), using wooden instruments such as bullroarers. Sometimes water was sprinkled on the ground. Rain dances are still performed in some countries today. Shamans wore a special costume for their rain dance.

Scientific Explaination Behind Weather Myths

It Can't Snow When The Temperature is Above Freezing

It can, if conditions are just right. Snowflakes form high up in the atmosphere whenever the temperature is at or below freezing. If, as they fall, they hit air that is above freezing, the flakes will start to melt. If the air is dry enough, the melting liquid cools the air surrounding the flakes (in the same way that sweating cools down our skin) and keeps the snowflakes from melting completely.

Lightning Never Strikes the Same Place Twice

Some places get hit again and again, especially if it's an object that's tall or is in an isolated setting, such as lone tree in a field. The Empire State Building in New York City is hit more than 20 times a year.

A Raindrop is Shaped like a Tear

Raindrops start out as round droplets. As they fall, small raindrops under 0.03 inch stay round. Larger ones take on the shape of a hamburger bun, flat on the bottom and curved on top. Really large raindrops, those more than 0.17 inch in diameter, break apart and form two smaller drops. Tiny raindrops keep their round shape thanks to surface tension, the water's "skin" that makes molecules stick together. Larger drops, though, fall at a greater speed, so air pressure pushes against the base of the drop causing it to flatten.

Make a Bullroarer

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This simple science investigatory project will allow us to make a simple bullroarer. A plain experiment that will show us how bullroarer create sounds for rain dancing.

You will need:
  • A wooden ruler.
  • Some string.

Ask an adult to drill a hole in one end of the ruler. Thread through the string and knot it, to stop it slipping through the hole. In an open space, whirl the instrument above your head to create a wirl noise.
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