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Author Archives: Anthony Watts

Stunning Aurora from Iceland

aurora_icelandParag Mahajani writes:

Aurora is a glow caused by the interaction of Solar wind particles with the molecules of Earth’s Atmosphere.

This spectacular aurora was visible on 27th February 2014, from Iceland, South of Reykjavik.

The photo was taken with a DSLR Canon 550D and a fixed 50 mm lens.

The exposure was varied from 15 seconds to 50 seconds and the image is a HDR.

The time was around mid-night and temperature was nearly zero degrees C.

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Awesome rainbow

awesomerainbowThey don’t get much more stunning than this one. Taken by Holly Neil on 8-22-2014 from her back yard in Farmington, New Mexico.

She writes: I thought I saw an angel at the top of the rainbow when I took the photo! At least it’s not on a piece of toast!

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Unusual photo: Lightning AND a Rainbow at the same time

RainbowLightningDavid Marrero submits this one:

Sunset rainbow rainbow rays and a lightning strike all in one shot. I used my iPhone 5c
Belle Glade Fl August 7 2014

Thanks David, that’s pretty unique!

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Thunderstorm optical effect at sunset

GreatBendTstormSubmitted by Steven Fox

Thunderstorm moving in during sunset.

Taken in Great Bend, KS

July 7, 2014.  8:33 PM

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Supercell thunderstorm over the northern Sandhills of Nebraska with tornado

supercell_oMike Umscheid Photography posts on Facebook this spectacular image


Distant tornado from an amazing supercell thunderstorm over the northern Sandhills of Nebraska, west of Merriman, on 17 June 2014

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Twin Tornadoes on the Ground!

coker_dual_tornadoesStunning photo of dual tornadoes within a mile of each other on June 16th, 2014

Photo taken by stormchaser Matt Coker.

You have to see this to believe it!

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‘Light Speed’ clouds at sunset

light_streakcloudsCalvin Owen Jones writes:

To capture this image, my camera’s shutter was open for about five minutes, creating the cool “light-speed” effect of the clouds as they rolled by. I took this photo near Vancouver, BC, Canada.

 

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Stunning Frontal Cloud at Sea

frontcloud This frontal cloud formed from a  northeast wind shift and lifting of humid ocean air enough to cool it below the dewpoint. Taken about 5 miles offshore of Seaside Heights New Jersey, 8am May 14th, 2014

This photo  was taken by commercial fishermen Michael Wark on his boat.

 

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“Hurricane” in the desert

This is something you don’t see every day.

From NOAA EVL – Satellite Captures Rare Cloud Rotation in the Desert

This small low pressure system is bringing rain to the area around Twentynine Palms, CA. The remnants of a storm that developed over the Gulf of California, the low has taken on an anticyclonic rotation as it moves north northwest. This image was taken by GOES East at 1715Z on July 6, 2011.

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Volcanic eruption in Chile

Puyehue-Cordón Caulle eruption
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This natural-color image from the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Aqua satellite shows the thick, brown ash plume from the June 4, 2011 eruption of the Puyehue-Cordón Caulle Volcano Complex in Chile. The plume is easily identified as it towers over the bright white clouds in this scene.

NASA image by Jeff Schmaltz MODIS Rapid Response Team, NASA-GSFC

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