Here are twenty examples of portentous meteorological phenomena besides the generic “dark and stormy night”! Use them as background (or even central plot points) in your Gothic, horror, science-fiction, or fantasy games/stories. Surprisingly, many of the events described below have actually been reported. More examples of bizarre weather throughout history can be found in the books of Charles Fort, and at http://www.phenomena.org.uk/index.html.
20 Ominous Weather Events
- A fireball streaks across the sky.
- Small fish or frogs fall in a rain.
- A rain of small stones.
- The entire sky suddenly darkens (during the say) or illuminates like midday (at night).
- A fall of enormous, strangely colored hailstones (blue, green, red, etc.).
- A red rain.
- Green or purple lightning.
- The clouds form the unmistakable form of a human skull.
- All the stars have disappeared, but there are no clouds.
- A sticky, gelatinous substance falls from the sky.
- Freakishly unseasonable precipitation (a blizzard in the summer, warm rain on a freezing winter’s day, etc.).
- Sparks fall from the sky.
- Large raindrops fall, emitting electric discharges on any conductive materials they hit.
- Caustic rain that burns like lye.
- A howling wind that sounds like a clearly comprehensible word.
- A number of glowing orbs move slowly across the sky.
- A swarm of common insects (ladybugs, flies, butterflies) so large and dense that it obscures the sun.
- Rain falling only on a single house, tree, or other feature. The sky is clear all around it.
- The sound of galloping horses in the turbulent clouds overhead.
- A tornado, in which swirls numerous corpses lifted from shallow graves.