Strange Weather Phobias

quiz1First of all, Happy Memorial Day to everyone.  Today, as Justin and I were brainstorming ideas for tomorrow’s weather trivia question the topic of weather-related phobias came up.  Looking into this topic I happened to stumble across a few unique weather phobias that I figured I would share with you.

Lilapsophobia: Fear of Tornadoes/Hurricanes

Ombrophobia: Fear of Rain

Chionphobia: Fear of Snow

Nephophobia: Fear of Clouds

Pagophobia: Fear of Ice/Frost

I can almost guarantee that  there are hundreds more weather-related phobias out there but these seemed to be the most interesting.  Lucky for me, having no weather-related phobias is a prerequisite for being a meteorologist, kidding. -EB


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This post was written by qni_it on May 25, 2009

3 Comments so far

  1. Scott May 25, 2009 6:51 PM

    posted by Eric Burke????

  2. WI Weather Buff May 25, 2009 8:18 PM

    Yeah, Eric Burke is the new intern.

    I will ‘fess up to a weather phobia – I’ve posted this here before. I am afraid of severe storms. In fact, that is why I became a Weather Buff in the first place.

    When I was a teenager I became deathly afraid of severe storms, probably due to a much too close encounter with a tornado when I was 13. My fear of severe storms kept getting worse and worse — so my way of dealing with it was to start learning as much as I possibly could about them. I kind of got a little obsessive about it for a while; I wanted to read everything I could get my hands on about severe storms, and in the process I discovered that I had to learn about a lot of other kinds of weather stuff in order to understand the things I read about severe storms.

    That was then, this is now. For many years I’ve been a full fledged Weather Buff (even briefly toyed with the idea of majoring in meteorology in college, but didn’t).

    I’m a storm spotter for NWS and even have played a bit with storm chasing (tho not recently). I love studying severe storms and watching them these days, I track them on radar and jump in the car to go out and watch them when I can … but I still have a very healthy respect for them … I think my “fear” is more like “awe” these days – although I still will admit to a hefty shot of adrenalin rushing through my system when a severe storm is blowing up. I think I still “study” and “watch” them as much as I do as a way of staying in control of my probably-still-existing phobia.

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