When Mother Nature gets angry, she can unleash some serious wrath. Of course, our first thought in events like this should always be for the safety of the people affected, but it is difficult not to wonder at the marvel of weather at its most extreme. Here’s a few amazing pictures of extreme weather, with a brief description of the location and what’s going on. Click an image to enlarge.
Glasgow, Montana: Rain dumps from the heart of a storm.
Phoenix, Arizona: July 5, 2011- Thunderstorms in the desert kick up a mile high wall of dust and sand, forming the biggest dust storm the city has seen in over 100 years.
Lake Geneva, Switzerland: Frozen spray from the lake entombs everything near it during a sever cold spell in February, 2012, caused arctic air brought to Europe by an unusual dip in the Jet Stream.
Iceland: Lightning strikes the Eyjafjallajökull volcano in 2010. The interactions between the water and ice in the storm and the elements being released by the eruption creates electrical charges which spur the lightning.
Hawaii: The Kilauea volcano, the most active volcano in the islands, erupts. The massive updraft created by the rising ash caused a sudden change in the wind direction which in turn caused the waterspout to form.
Lake Okeechobee, Florida: Lightning strikes the lake parallel to a waterspout that had already formed.
St. Joseph, Michigan: When cold winds blow over the warmer, unfrozen lake, they freeze the moist air that sits just above the lake’s surface, creating the ice that coated this lighthouse.
Wisconsin: Lightning strikes at the end of a particularly long shelf cloud. Shelf clouds show us exactly where incoming air first starts condensing into clouds, which is why they form so horizontally.
Kansas: A thunderstorm blows in as the crescent moon looks on.