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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

Broken bow, Nebraska by Vanessa Neufeld via National Geographic

Grand Canyon lightning storm By Rolf Maeder

Grand Canyon lightning storm By Rolf Maeder

Cell tower

Cell tower

Cordon del Caulle erupts in Chile

Cordon del Caulle erupts in Chile

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Via National Geographic

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.

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.

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Wildfire

Wildfire

Kansas supercell cloud via National Geographic

Kansas supercell cloud via National Geographic

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Lake Michigan, USA

Lake Michigan, USA

Long exposure image of lightning on Lake Michigan

Long exposure image of lightning on Lake Michigan

Volcano in Chile

Volcano in Chile

More volcano weather via National Geographic

More volcano weather via National Geographic

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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.

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

AP Photo by Martial Trezzini

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Rome, Georgia, USA

Rome, Georgia, USA

Shelf cloud, Bozeman, Montana

Shelf cloud, Bozeman, Montana

Mammatus clouds form over eastern Nebraska

Mammatus clouds form over eastern Nebraska

Oklahoma tornadoes

Oklahoma tornadoes

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By Ken Rotberg

By Ken Rotberg

Klyuchevskaya Sopka, Kamchatka, Russia

Klyuchevskaya Sopka, Kamchatka, Russia

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Lenticular cloud

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Hail dump.

Hail dump.

Tornado in Namibia. National Geographic

Tornado in Namibia. National Geographic

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Supercell storm

Supercell storm

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Morning Glory clouds are very rare but can be seen with some regularity in the southern part of Northern Australia's Gulf of Carpentaria.

Morning Glory clouds are very rare but can be seen with some regularity in the southern part of Northern Australia’s Gulf of Carpentaria.

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I"m not sure if this aurora borealis in Finland is technically weather, but this image is amazing.

I”m not sure if this aurora borealis in Finland is technically weather, but this image is amazing.

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By DhaniJones

By DhaniJones

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.

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.

Waterspout and lightning over Lake Okeechobee, Florida.

Double Waterspouts, Honolulu, Hawaii

Double Waterspouts, Honolulu, Hawaii

Waterspout, Tampa, Florida

Waterspout, Tampa, Florida

Frozen bubbles, Canadian Rockies

Frozen bubbles, Canadian Rockies

Spiral Iceberg in Antarctica

Spiral Iceberg in Antarctica

Steve Earley, The Virginian-Pilor, AP Photo

Steve Earley, The Virginian-Pilor, AP Photo

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More than 30 feet of snow in Japan.

More than 30 feet of snow in Japan.

The following videos about lightning are a bit over-dramatic in tone, but interesting.

For more images of weird weather, go here, or here.

Thanks to:  ExtremeInstability, National Geographic, and Micky, Kathleen, Mel, Susan B.

 

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23 thoughts on “Weird and Extreme Weather,

  1. Dusky Your site is fantastic. I always forward it to several friends and my grandchildren . Keep up the good work.

  2. It has been fun to send these wonderful wonders to our grandchildren! Living in Ottawa, they see pretty wild weather in the winter—but these photos will astound even them! Thanks again, Dusky! Lorie

  3. Thank you for these astonishing photos of our times! It is amazing to view them and reflect on what they are showing us. My great appreciation to you ~

  4. Great photos of LIGHTNING ……”lightening “is when you lighten something ..as teeth !! Just saying!!

  5. Anything that is true and magnificent is truly worth spending time learning about. Thanks so much for sharing the beauty and violence of our awesome nature. 😉

  6. Awesome other side of the nature. I would not want to be in the path of such lightening or the tornadoes! The photographers deserve a salute for shooting great photographs at personal risks.
    we do not see such lightening in Mumbai. the photograph of Eiffel tower clothed in lightening is really great. thank you, dusky.

  7. I just go back home to Strawberry, CA. I was visiting family & friends in Oklahoma for the past 30 days. While I was in Oklahoma I saw some amazing lightening bolts. I was so excited to come home & find the email from you the picture are awesome. Thank you for sharing

  8. What amazing pictures! Having been born in OK, I’ve seen a few glimpses of those amazing wind and tornado effects but your presentation tops all!

    Thank you!

  9. God in all his splendor…absolutely gorgeous! Thanks for the reminder of how insignificant we are in the larger scheme of things! 🙂

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  11. Just amazing ..Something i have never seen in reality
    I so enjoy these wonderful emails.

  12. I think the ‘tornado’ in Namibia is actually just the shadow of a dune! (Be it a very large one…) 😉

  13. The Oklahoma tornadoes pic is faked.

    From weather.com

    “If there’s more than one kind of crazy weather phenomenon occurring in a photo, it’s probably fake. More than one tornado in a single area is rare, though not impossible. Three lightning bolts striking at the same time in nearly the same spot is rare, too. But three lightning bolts striking behind a pair of twisters? That’s too good to be true.

    The lightning bolts were captured in what was likely a composite image by Daniel Loretto on Aug. 14, 2010, according to Reddit user “MrDorkESQ.” The storm occurred in Graz, Austria, and there were no tornadoes accompanying those lightning bolts.”

  14. HL,
    Gees, thanks for taking the time to provide this info and you are much better at figuring out about images than I am–though I do my best not to have photoshopped images unless it’s purposeful. But nature is so amazing on it’s own that it’s not always easy to spot the fakes.

  15. I love clouds and weather and these images are just amazing!! I was lucky enough to see circumzenital arc (upside rainbow) today as the weather was very cold and icy and the sun very bright. Never seen one before and my friend and I were blown away! The Cloud Spotters Guide taught me so much and is such a good read! I’m a bit of a cloud geek! Anyway, love the pics and keep looking up!

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