It’s an icy cold day in Cape Town, South Africa. All everyone is talking about is the storm. We’d love to join in the conversation. Here are a few comic book characters that can control the weather.
Weather manipulation would seem like an obvious ability in the comic books, however, it seems that not many superheroes actually have the ability to control the weather. While electricity and lightning control is very common, sensing, creating and manipulating weather (creating rain, wind, snow and hail) isn’t such a popular ability. Here we look at the handful that have those specific powers.
The X-Men’s Storm, also known as Ororo Munroe, is probably the first weather controlling hero that comes to mind for most people. Since her first appearance in Giant-Size X-Men #1 (May 1975), Storm has been a member of the X-Men, an Avenger, a part of the Fantastic Four and the Queen of Wakanda. She is definitely one of the most powerful mutants and is able to summon storms, rain and all sorts of weather.
Thor possesses physical powers superior to other Asgardian gods. He also has the ability to manipulate the weather, mostly thunder and lightning. Using Mjolnir, he is able to summon lighting from his hands. He has also caused galactic storms, created hurricanes and floods in past comic books.
Greek god Zeus, the god of the sky and the weather, has appeared as an entity in both DC and Marvel comic books. He has absolute control over all forms of the weather, although he is mostly depicted with the ability to cast lightning bolts. Zeus is also the biological father of Wonder Woman.
Nicolette Giroux, aka Tempest, was an environmentalist transformed into Tempest by the Waterfall of Watoomb. She gained the ability to summon the forces of nature at her command.
5. Sarah Rainmaker
The name probably gives it away, but Sarah Rainmaker has the ability to control air and water. These powers give her the ability to fly, create wind and rain storms. Rainmaker was created by Jim Lee, Brandon Choi and J. Scott Campbell, first appearing in Gen 13 #2.
Well, here is one that isn’t that obvious. Dracula is said to be capable of generating great clouds of fog to hide his presence and confuse his enemies. But not only that, the Count also seems to be able to call down lightning and control other forms of weather conditions too. In Bram Stoker’s Dracula, he caused a great storm when his ship arrived England. And yes, Dracula is a comic book character too. He has even gone up against Batman in the past.
Crystal, created by writer Stan Lee and artist Jack Kirby in 1965, is a member of the Inhumans and has the power to manipulate the four classical elements of air, fire, water and earth. The character is able to effectively control the weather within a 30-mile radius.