Did you know the electrical charges from lightening go up from the earth to meet the bolts coming down from the sky? Check out the videos at the end and see it for yourself. The following images are bizarre, amazing, troubling and wondrous. For more details about some of the phenomenon you are seeing, especially clouds, go here. In the meantime, enjoy exploring more weird weather.
Broken bow, Nebraska by Vanessa Neufeld via National Geographic
Grand Canyon lightning storm By Rolf Maeder
Cordon del Caulle erupts in Chile
Via National Geographic
A rare meteorological phenomenon called a skypunch. Ice crystals form above the high-altitude cirro-cumulo-stratus clouds, then fall downward, punching a hole in the cloud.
Kansas supercell cloud via National Geographic
Lake Michigan, USA
Long exposure image of lightning on Lake Michigan
Volcano in Chile
More volcano weather via National Geographic
A fire whirl, known to some as the fire tornado. occurs when intense rising heat and turbulent wind conditions combine to form whirling eddies of air. These eddies can tighten into a tornado-like structure that sucks in burning debris and combustible gases.
AP Photo by Martial Trezzini
Rome, Georgia, USA
Shelf cloud, Bozeman, Montana
Mammatus clouds form over eastern Nebraska
By Ken Rotberg
Klyuchevskaya Sopka, Kamchatka, Russia
Tornado in Namibia. National Geographic
Morning Glory clouds are very rare but can be seen with some regularity in the southern part of Northern Australia’s Gulf of Carpentaria.
I”m not sure if this aurora borealis in Finland is technically weather, but this image is amazing.
Water spouts are columns of rotating air also known as tornadoes over water. They usually develop over warm tropical ocean waters. The size can range from just a few feet, to several hundred feet wide. Photo by George Malamos.
Waterspout and lightning over Lake Okeechobee, Florida.
Double Waterspouts, Honolulu, Hawaii
Waterspout, Tampa, Florida
Frozen bubbles, Canadian Rockies
Spiral Iceberg in Antarctica
Steve Earley, The Virginian-Pilor, AP Photo
More than 30 feet of snow in Japan.
The following videos about lightning are a bit over-dramatic in tone, but interesting.