Some weather is breathtakingly beautiful; some bizarre; some, like ominous clouds, a little spooky and some just weird. I’ve chosen to leave out more disturbing images of the devastation that can also come from extremes of weather.
Cloud over Lake Tahoe, CA by Bryan Hightower
By Sam Javanrouh
Badlands, South Dakota, US by Mike Hollingshead
End of the rainbow.
Sandstorm in Iraq
By Sam LeBarron
By Ryan McGinnis
Nacreous or Mother-of-Pearl clouds over Norway.
Nacreous clouds are located in the stratosphere between 9 and 16 miles high. Their “mother of pearl” colors come from sunlight striking tiny ice crystals inside the clouds. Very low temperatures near -85 degrees C are required to form the crystals, which is why nacreous clouds are seen mainly during winter over places like Alaska, Iceland and Scandinavia.
Dust storm approaching Phoenix, Arizona, US
By Karen Titchener, Cloud Appreciation Society
Northern light over volcano. Photo by Sigurour H. Stefnisson
Ice castle, Silverthorne, Colorado by Kristal Kraft