Although the topic is still under debate, many people believe animals are able to sense an impending hurricane.
Sharks swimming out to deeper water, birds "waiting out" storms or animals moving to higher ground have all been reported before storms. Do animals have an acute sense that allows them to "predict" impending disasters?
Some animals are believed to be sensitive to the low frequency sound waves emitted by hurricanes. They can also detect the slight drops in air and water pressure that signal a storm's approach.
Researchers reported that they found birds were sensitive to the air pressure changes that accompany storms. As storms approach, the birds often land and wait for the storm to pass, according to pbs.org.
Just before a hurricane approached, researchers witnessed tagged sharks swim out to deeper water.
Not all scientists are convinced that animals flee to avoid storms or earthquakes. Some believe the animals react to the sound of an approaching storm or the shaking of the earth by fleeing to the safety of the forest.
The reason the animals are fleeing the storm, the sound, air pressure or water pressure changes may be in dispute, but it is a fact that some animals can sense an approaching hurricane.
After natural disasters, it’s not uncommon to see pop-up charities appear, particularly around the holiday season.
A storm bearing strong winds, heavy snow, torrential rain, thunderstorms and fog will converge on the Northeast and Midwest on Christmas Eve and will likely create ground and flight delays.
With many winter storms lined up, snow will create a wintry setting for Christmas in some areas.
As the train of storms from the Pacific Ocean continues, rounds of rain and mountain snow will affect areas from the Northwest to the Intermountain West and Rockies through Christmas Day.
The train of storms that has pushed through California this month has brought welcome snow to Southern California ski resorts and helped launch their season after a slow start.
After a few mild days at the start of next week, temperatures will fall in time to create some wintry weather and travel woes for Christmas.
Philadelphia, PA (1948)
7.4" of snow - Eagles beat Chicago Cardinals 7-0 for NFL title.
SW Arkansas (1967)
A 200 mile wide tornado killed people along its 15 mile path from Waldo to near Bueana Vista. People from one house were carried 250 yards and cars were said to have been carried 600 yards.
Flagstaff, AZ (1967)
End of record 7-day snowstorm; total 83" snow.