In 2012 I was working on New York's Times Square, doing a promotional event for about a week. Working out there and around so many people you see everything and anything. But one experience stood out and remains the strangest thing I have ever seen.
My last day of work on the promotion was the day before Hurricane Sandy. The sky was very overcast and ominous, with the clouds getting thicker and winds picking up by the hour.
At one point a large religious group gathered on the steps of Times Square, it seemed like thousands strong. They began praying and singing hymns. This being NYC and Times Square, they went largely ignored.
At one point in the midst of their prayer, rays of sun cut through the clouds and the temperature climbed at least 20 degrees within a matter of seconds.
Reviewing weather radar from that day there was a major hurricane system moving in and there was no possible way for the sun to shine through even for a brief moment.
Needless to say, this kind of gave me goose bumps. From my memory, the sun could not have been out for more than 5 minutes. When the prayer group dispersed and the singing stopped, almost on cue the sun went away and temperatures returned to typical for late October.
I had been very skeptical of prayer up to that point in my life, being a cynical 20 something who thought he knew better than to waste time believing in such nonsense.
In the years since, I have taken up prayer (I am a different religion than this group) and become obsessively interested in the supernatural and real life effects of religious intervention.