Thunderstorms look magnificent and this approaching storm that is about to hit Kansas is the proof. It appears that the storm is on a collision course with the crescent moon.
Mark Thiessen, National Geographic
Aurora over Alaska
This photograph was taken in 2005 displaying the beautiful Aurora Borealis over the frozen landscape of Bear Lake in Alaska.
Carolin Liefke/ ESO
The Belt of Venus
The pinkish blue belt that appears in the evening and the morning sky is called the Belt of Venus. It is also known as Venus’ Girdle or antitwilight arch.
Blizzards are snowstorms and are accompanied by strong winds. They cover the entire space with snow and as divine, as it looks, blizzards are extremely dangerous.
Double Rainbow, Chile
After rains, a double rainbow appears in the town of Puerto Natales in southern Chile. Double arcs occur when the light is reflected more than once.
GREG MCCOWN / SAGUAROPICTURES.COM
Daunting dust storm
The dust storm is a meteorological phenomenon that arises when a gust front or other strong wind blows and carries with it loose sand and dirt.
Robert Franklin, AP
Frozen lighthouse, Lake Michigan
Winter’s wrath is amazing; it can beautify any ordinary thing. A lighthouse on Lake Michigan falls prey to winter in Saint Joseph Michigan.
Halos are optical phenomena that are produced when sunlight interacts with the ice crystals that are suspended in the atmosphere and these can be white or colorful.
Waves gracing Cape Town
Huge waves crash the sea walls of Cape Town during a storm. Waves like these form when wind travels across water and this movement transfers the wind energy to lakes and oceans.
iWitness Weather contributor patpie
Dangerously scenic ice storms
An ice storm looks magnificent and is a type of winter storm that occurs due to freezing rain. It is even known as a glaze event or silver thaw.
Ice Cap, Patagonia
This sprawling expanse of snow and ice in southern Chile makes this area the least explored mountain areas in the world.
Scott Olson/Getty Images
Lightning strikes the Willis Tower
This picture was clicked in 2013 and captured the exact moment when the lightning struck the Willis Tower in Chicago.
Magnificent Mammatus clouds
These pouch-like protrusions that hang from the undersides of the clouds, usually thunderclouds, look ominous. However, they are quite common.
Bebeto Matthews/ AP
Hurricane Sandy hits NYC
After hurricane Sandy hit New York City, half of the city’s skyline sits in darkness while the other half braved the hurricane without major damages.
Shelf cloud and lightning, Wisconsin
This impressive photograph with blends of different colors depicts summer atmospheric conditions. The lightning marks the end of the long shelf cloud in the Midwestern U.S.
A supercell thunderstorm in South Dakota
A supercell thunderstorm strikes South Dakota. This type of thunderstorm is the most severe of the storms and can bring wind, hail, or tornadoes.
Thunderstorms and lighting
Thunderstorms are often accompanied by lightning. In fact, a thunderstorm is an electrical storm that is accompanied by lightning and its acoustic effect on the Earth’s atmosphere called thunder.
Mike Trenchard, Earth Sciences & Image Analysis Laboratory, JSC.
A tropical cyclone also known as a typhoon or hurricane appears in an intense circular storm that originates over warm tropical oceans. The swirling cyclone looks majestic from space.
A violent twister rips through a trailer park near Cheyenne, Wyoming. These twisters form when the updrafts of air that provide warm, humid air become a vortex.
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Typhoon waves in Qingdao, China
China is no stranger to typhoons. A child watches on as high waves caused by Typhoon Bolaven crash over the side of the road barrier.
PETER VANCOILLIE, YOUR SHOT
Volcano and lightning, Iceland
Two awe-inspiring natural phenomena occurred at Iceland’s Eyjafjallajökull volcano in 2010. The intense lightning cracked the night sky while the volcano erupted at the same moment, making it a breathtaking picture.
DONNA & STEVE O MEARA / NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC STOCK/ CATERS NEWS
Volcano and waterspout, Hawaii
The Kilauea volcano erupted and that lead to the formation of a waterspout in this picture. Waterspouts can emerge in the same way traditional tornadoes do.
Waterspout and lightning, Florida
In this iconic picture, a waterspout parallels a lightning strike over Lake Okeechobee in Florida. Though related to tornadoes, waterspouts are less powerful
B. ANTHONY STEWART, NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC CREATIVE
Snow-clad Green Mountain National Forest
This resembles Disney’s movie “Frozen”. Every inch of the Green Mountain National Forest in Vermont is covered in snow.