It’s true weather can be scary sometimes but as many as 1 in 10 Americans may suffer irrational fear of some extent to certain atmospheric events. Weather events can cause loss of life and property, so a little fear may be just the motivating factor to encourage people to take action, like seeking shelter. More extreme cases of weather related phobias can be debilitating, creating feelings of anxiety and helplessness. The list of weather related phobias people suffer from is long but are real. Staying informed and apprised of weather situations is one way to combat these phobias. Hopefully Weather Nation can bring measured calm to those dealing with weather phobias like these.
Phobia: an extreme or irrational fear of or aversion to something.
Amablephobia – fear of the sky falling
Nephophobia – fear of clouds
Ombrophobia – fear of rain
Chinophobia – fear of snow
Ancraophobia – fear of wind
Homichlophobia – fear of fog
Heliophobia – fear of the sun
Thermophobia – fear of heat
Frigophobia – fear of cold
Astraphobia – fear of thunder and lightning
Iridophobia – fear of rainbows
Grandophobia fear of hail
Cryophobia – fear of the cold.
Liapsophobia – fear of tornadoes and hurricanes
Antiophobia – fear of floods
Pagophobia – fear of frost or ice
While this short list of weather related phobias may seem odd to many, to people who deal with them they can be quite burdensome.
Meteorologist Mike Morrison