Snapshot of Joplin thunderstorm that spawned deadly tornado

This satellite image with overlay shows the moment that the storm reached maximum intensity.

The city of Joplin, MO is reeling after a powerful tornado spun through a densely populated part of town on Sunday May 22nd. This image, from GOES East satellite at 2345UTC, shows the storm system moments before spawning the tornado, estimated to have struck shortly before 6:00 pm CST. Many houses, school buildings and the St. John Medical Center sustained major damage.

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Double cloud decks at the Keck telescopes at Mauna Kea

A deck of stratus below and cirrus above. Image by Anthony Watts, June 2001 Elevation 4,145 metres (13,600 ft)

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Burnt orange sunset

Sep 29, 2010
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Lenticular clouds on the Coast Range

Lenticular clouds, late afternoon. Taken between Lompoc and Santa Barbara, CA. near Highway 1& 101 junction. Image by B. Alicia Ross

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Big Dipper with thunderstorm

May 19th, 2011 Stars of Ursa Major (the Big Dipper) constellation over a cumulounimbus cloud with some lightning. Taken with a Panasonic DMC-TZ1 camera, 30 sec. exposure, ISO-80. Location: Maracaibo, Venezuela. Image by Henry Mendt
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Jet-set Sunset

Sunset photo taken from the window of our airplane as we were flying home from Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic. Image: Bill Spitz

Arizona monsoon weather

Mammatus clouds in Southern Arizona - Image: D. Sposito

The rain in Maine

Image: Gary Boden

Late afternoon rain shower, southern Gulf of Maine.

Altocumulus, Contrail and Iridescence

Altocumulus, contrail and iridescence

Altocumulus, contrail and iridescence all in one photo.

Near Seattle, WA

Bob Harrington, http://www.bobqat.com

KH Clouds

Photo: Geoff Sherrington

Clouds formed by Kelvin Helmholtz waves in the atmosphere.

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