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Top 10 Weather Phobias

July 6, 2018
by Anesa McGregor , Emmetsburg News

We all know someone that is afraid of something. In fact, for one out of every 10 Americans, the weather is something to be feared. For many of us weather is innately mesmerizing. As children, we would lie in the grass and stare at the clouds and see so many shapes; as adults, watching the unforgettable lightning shows during a thunderstorm is captivating.

I was watching the Weather Channel one night and a show about weather phobias came on. My attention was captured. I had never really heard of weather phobias. I suppose you could say that up until I was 40 years old, I was not really thrilled with thunderstorms. From the moment a Severe Thunderstorm Warning was issued, if I was in a building, I would go room-to-room, window-to-window, seeing what was out there and headed my way. I could not relax unless I was in a vehicle. I was able to see 360 degrees around me with only a turn of my heard. The best volunteer work I ever did was to become a trained weather spotter when I was with the fire department. I have seen all kinds of weather and as I have gotten older, I go outside to wonder at nature.

Perhaps the most famous fear quote of all time is, "The only thing we have to fear is fear itself nameless, unreasoning, unjustified, and terror which paralyzes needed efforts to convert retreat into advance." FDR First Inaugural Address, March 4, 1933. This quote fits any fear someone has.

Phobias of any kind are no laughing matter and I would never make fun of anyone with a phobia. However, when I watched the Top 10 Weather Phobias, I thought anyone with one of these phobias should not be living in Iowa.

Top 10 Weather Phobias:

10. Ancraophobia (Fear of Wind) For someone with this phobia, feeling or hearing the wind blow is upsetting, leading the person to think of destructive forces.

9. Cynophobia (Fear of Waves) People with his phobia feel as if they will be pulled out into the ocean and drowned.

8. Nephophobia (Fear of Clouds) Most of us enjoy watching clouds go by, but for many the fear of clouds in their sky is quite disturbing specifically their massive size and some even liken certain clouds to UFOs.

7. Ombrophobia (Fear of Rain) For most, rainy days are an inconvenience, but someone with an actual fear of rain has other reasons for wanting it to go away. They may be afraid that the damp will make them sick. If gloomy weather hangs around for several days, it can start to affect a person's mood or bring on depression.

6. Heliophobia (Fear of the Sun) This is the irrational and abnormal fear of the sun, sunlight or any bright light. Sufferers will keep shutters and blinds closed and curtains drawn. Individuals that suffer from this phobia tend to be more active at night.

5. Lilapsophobia (Fear of Tornadoes) Causes fir this particular phobia usually stem from a personal experience with this type of weather having lost a friend or loved one to a tornado or they have learned this phobia from others.

4. Homichlophobia (Fear of Fog) These individuals typically have a fear of the unknown or what might come out of the fog since visibility is severely reduced.

3. Chionophobia (Fear of Snow) Individuals with this type of phobia aren't likely to be fond of winter or any activities associated with the season.

2. Antlophobia (Fear of Flash Floods and Flooding) People suffering from this phobia fear injury, property damages and loss of life. A previous trauma is typically behind this fear. However, it can be learned from others.

1. Brontophobia (Fear of Thunder and Lightning) Humans and animals alike naturally fear thunder and lightning. This fear is linked to a primal "fight or flight" response along with the fear of injury or death. These individuals may hide, cry, have panic attacks or continuously monitor the weather.

Well, there you have it, the top 10 weather phobias. As you can see by the list, it seems this year we have had more than our share of these different conditions. Even the Cynophobia, fear of waves, fits because of the high water level of the surrounding lakes.

If you know anyone that suffers from one of these phobias or any phobia, be that friend who will help them through the toughest times.



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