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  • This Severe Weather Time-Lapse Video Will Teach You To Fear Mother Nature

    Nicolaus Wegner is a Wyoming-based photagrpher who is available for all your portrait needs—from yearbook photos to wedding photos to saccharine pics of your kids that make your friends sick. But when he’s not working on portraits, he spends time capturing nature’s wrath in the form of storms that will make you crap your pants. “Stormscapes 2″ is a time-lapse of violent weather in Wyoming, Montana, South Dakota, Nebraska, and Colorado photographed between May and September of this year. Watch the video below, then check out more from Nicolaus Wegner on Vimeo. Damn, nature, you scary… Stormscapes 2 from Nicolaus Wegner on Vimeo.

  • Timelapse Video Shows Buffalo Getting Pounded By Lake-Effect Snow

    Parts of New York state were battered by lake-effect snow on Tuesday, with areas just south of Buffalo expected to rack up of 70 inches of the white stuff by Wednesday evening. The extremely cold air blowing over the relatively mild waters of Lake Erie also created enough instability to bring thundersnow to the area. Bands of snow are seen moving into south Buffalo in this stunning time-lapse footage from Tuesday. Via Mashable

  • Hurricane Sandy’s Destruction: A Look Back At 70 Shocking High Quality Photos

    [ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED: October 30, 2012] Hurricane Sandy was the most powerful storm to ever make landfall on the United States east coast, north of the Carolinas. It hit southern New Jersey on October 29, 2012 at 6.30pm local time and laid waste to the majority of the Northeast during the day. Currently 48 people across the US and Canada have been reported dead, but the final figure is expected to be significantly higher.  Hundreds of thousands of people are without power in New York and the transit system, schools, the stock exchange and Broadway are all out of action after a 13ft wall of water caused by the storm surge and high tides brought severe flooding to subways and road tunnels. There are dozens of photos flying around the web and we’ve compiled all of them in one place.

  • Florida’s Record-setting Hurricane Drought Is Creating A Terrifying Scenario

    Florida has gone 3,270 days without a hurricane – nearly nine years and, by far, the longest stretch on record (the next longest streak is 5 seasons from 1980-1984, in records dating back to 1851). Meanwhile, the Sunshine state’s population and development have boomed. Florida is long overdue for a destructive hurricane and has never had so many people and so much property in the way. This dangerous state of affairs is compounded by the potential for complacency and lack of recent experience. When hurricanes don’t strike over such a long period of time, some people may be lulled into a false sense of security and/or forget how horrible hurricanes can be. And then there are newcomer Floridians who haven’t ever had to endure a hurricane. Weather.com notes that more than 1 million people have moved to Florida since Wilma in 2005, the last hurricane to hit the state. “That’s potentially 1 million people who are inexperienced with the impacts of hurricanes and tropical storms and lack the experience boarding up a home, cleaning out a flooded home or battling mandatory evacuation traffic,” Weather.com writes. It’s not a matter of if but when an active cycle of hurricanes returns to Florida. more »

  • Super Typhoon Vongfang Seen From Space

    United States astronaut Reid Wiseman is currently living on the International Space Station in low earth orbit circling the Early once every hour and 26 minutes. During his time is space Reid has seen plenty of crazy weather so for him to describe the once in a decade Super Typhoon Vongfang the way he did really means something.

  • The 15 Costliest Hurricanes In History As Seen From Space

    With Hurricane season upon us we take a look at the costliest Atlantic hurricanes in history as seen from 250 miles overhead. These pictures will give you a new perspective of their sheer scale related to the states, countries and regions affected. Another shocking thing you’ll notice is 10 of the 15 costliest hurricanes all took place in the last decade.  The information was pulled from the “List of costliest Atlantic hurricanes” Wikipedia page and the numbers are based on their uninflated damage totals.

  • 9 Mind Blowing Photos Of Typhoon Neoguri From Space

    Typhoon Neoguri is currently battering Okinawa as it moves torwards Japan’s main island of Honshu. The storm, expecting to reach Tokyo on Thursday, is the equivalent to a Category 3 hurricane, with sustained winds of 123 mph and gusts up to 168 mph. Early this morning, Alexander Gerst, an astronaut from the European Space Agency currently aboard the International Space Station, captured these incredible photos as the ISS traveled over the Pacific. The size of the storm has been compared to Hurricane Sandy, which devastated the US east coast in 2012. Keep up with Gerst’s photos from ISS at Flickr.

  • 5 Amazing Photos Of One World Trade Center Struck By Lightning

    Hurricane Arthur is traveling up the east coast, ruining the 4th of July for everyone and last night New York got a taste of the bad weather with a sever lightning storm. As much as we cursed the storm, it did make for some fantastic visuals. The spire atop One World Trade Center made more an excellent lightning rod and a few photographers were lucky enough to capture the scene. But as cool as it was, it would be great if we could get some nice weather this weekend…

  • 29 Photos Of Extreme Weather In The Southwest

    Phoenix-based photographer Mike Olbinski began photographing storms 4 years ago. His storm-chasing often finds him traveling hundreds of miles to remote areas in Arizona, Texas, Colorado, California, and Oklahoma to capture a shot of a storm. His favorite subjects are the swirling formations of supercell thunderstorms, of which you can find many examples below. For more incredible photos, check out Mike Olbinski Photography. He’s also available for weddings, so if it rains on your wedding day, you’ll still be guaranteed awesome pictures!

  • Remembering The 1974 Super Outbreak Tornadoes [31 Photos]

    April 3-4, 1974 saw the “Super Outbreak” of tornadoes, the second largest tornado outbreak in a 24-hour period, just behind the April 2011 outbreak. It was the most violent outbreak recorded, however, with 30 F4/F5 tornadoes. In total, 148 tornadoes were confirmed in 13 states, damaging approximately 900 square miles along a combined path length of 2600 miles. 319 deaths were reported, making it one of the deadliest outbreaks also. Kentucky, Ohio, Indiana, and Alabama were hit the hardest. In fact, during the outbreak Indiana became the first and only state in US history to have a tornado warning cover the entire state. The outbreak ended after 18 hours at 7 AM in North Carolina on April 4. In addition to the 319 deaths, 5,484 were left injured.

  • First Time In 20 years: Great Lakes 88% Frozen [3 HQ Photos]

    NASA satellite images are showing that the Great Lakes are now 88% frozen, something not seen since 1994. The winter average since 1973 is just over 50% coverage, with 80% only reached 5 times. 2002 saw the lowest coverage on record, with just 9.5%. The first image is a natural color photo of the Great Lakes region with a false-color image following to differentiate between ice (pale blue), open water (navy), snow (blue-green), and clouds (white).  The final image is a natural color photo showing the shipping lane carved by ice breakers. Although it may not seem like it, the ice is positive for the region, with an increased water supply and good news for shipping and recreational uses. That is, if it ever thaws.

  • Indonesian Volcanic Eruption As Seen From Space

    On Friday, Mount Kelud, a volcano on Indonesia’s most populated island, Java, erupted and we shared photographs of the destruction as 100,000 people were evacuated. The ash was propelled out of the volcano more than 13 miles high. 4 deaths have now been confirmed and 56,000 people remain displaced. The eruption could be heard 125 miles away and was captured from space in these satellite photos from NASA.

  • Floods Devastate United Kingdom [32 HQ Photos]

    The United Kingdom has been hit with the wettest winter in at least 250 years. A month’s worth of rainfall is expected in just the next couple days. 56,000 homes across England and Wales are currently without power, down from 168,000 overnight, after experiencing winds in excess of 100 miles per hour. Rivers throughout southern England are at their highest recorded levels. To aid the flooded areas, 13 high-capacity pumps, with many more expected, have been brought to the Somerset Levels from the Netherlands to funnel floodwaters out to the sea.

  • The Truth About This Weekend’s Mega Snowstorm

    You may have seen 5-day to 10-day model snowfall forecast graphics shared in social media and on some websites proclaiming that an epic winter storm is on the way late this week into the weekend. It’s time to separate the forecast from the wild rumors regarding this potential upcoming storm. “@NJP1982: @nynjpaweather pic.twitter.com/qTkoiW3jYu” You know what's scary. Not unreasonable. — Steven DiMartino (@nynjpaweather) January 29, 2014 What We Know Now: Late-Week Storm It is still much too early to forecast specific snow and ice amounts in any given location. Weather.com explains: For now, Saturday’s snow appears to be a light to moderate event for parts of the East Coast, from New Jersey and the Delaware Valley into the Ohio Valley, Mississippi Valley and Great Lakes. Sunday, as the main upper-level southward dip in the jet stream, or trough, swings eastward, more snow may pivot through the East and persist in some areas through Monday. At this time, there are many critical details — the track of the surface low pressure system and the interaction of upper-level disturbances — contributing to high uncertainty with the Sunday/Monday forecast. For now, this storm does not appear to be a high-impact, crippling snowstorm, but more »

  • Is Today the Day After Tomorrow?

    The phrase of the day is “polar vortex.”  To clear up the confusion, ‘polar vortex’ is not the name of an Alaskan heavy metal band, an MLS expansion team, or the new Kim Stanley Robinson novel. No, the polar vortex is the reason you had to wear three pairs of thermal socks today. CNN’s International senior meteorologist Brandon Miller explains: The polar vortex, as it sounds, is circulation of strong, upper-level winds that normally surround the northern pole in a counterclockwise direction — a polar low-pressure system.  These winds tend to keep the bitter cold air locked in the Arctic regions of the Northern Hemisphere. It is not a single storm. On occasion, this vortex can become distorted and dip much farther south than you would normally find it, allowing cold air to spill southward. That’s the science behind the phenomenon.  Here’s a collection of photos: Hold up. Sorry, those photos were from the 2004 sci-fi flic The Day After Tomorrow (via IMDB.com). Here are a few eerily similar-looking photos of the effects of the polar vortex on several actual American locations:   Brrrrrrrrrrrrr

  • PlowNYC: Interactive Snow Plow Tracker

    If you live in New York City then you know that the snow has arrived. And if you need to get around a snow-covered Gotham, then the PlowNYC tool is going to be your best friend. The street map of the five boroughs will tell you the last time any street was plowed and is updated every 15 minutes. Bookmark this one, New Yorkers, you’ll need it.

  • Winter Storm Atlas Tears Through Wyoming, Montana, And South Dakota (20 Photos)

    Turn on any of the 24-hour news channels right now and you’ll find plenty of coverage on the government shutdown and the new Federal Reserve Chair, but little if any information about Winter Storm Atlas. The first storm of the 2013-14 season wreaked havoc in South Dakota, Wyoming, and Montana for days and will surely have a huge impact on the region. The Weather Channel has been collecting photos from their viewers and put together an incredible gallery. We’ve got 20 of them here to raise some awareness of the storm, but you can see the rest at The Weather Channel.

  • Awe-Inspiring Photos of Destructive Superstorms [13 HQ Photos]

    Each summer since 2009 photographer Mitch Dobrowner and guide Roger Hill have driven through the Great Plains and high deserts of the United States in search of these jaw-dropping forces of nature. When they find them, Dobrowner pulls out his camera and takes breathtaking black and white photos that capture the enormity and intensity of these churning atmospheric formations.

  • 1,429 US Towns Could Be Destroyed By Rising Sea Levels [Map]

    By 2100 it is predicted that sea levels could rise by up to 23 feet. For obvious reasons even the slightest rise in levels will devastate coastal communities but anything remotely close to 23 feet could cause us to lose most of the coastal cities in the world. These are the cold hard facts from a 2011 study published in the Journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

  • 26 Trippy Cloud Formations

    Mother nature can do some crazy things. While clouds can bring destruction in the form of tornados and hurricanes they can also provide some incredible visuals.

  • The View From Inside The Middle of an EF4 Tornado

    Veteran storm chasers Brandon Ivey and Sean Casey hunted down a half-a-mile wide, 175MPH tornado in Smith County, Kansas yesterday afternoon and intentionally rode a custom tank-like Tornado Intercept Vehicle (TIV) designed by Casey directly into the middle of the storm. You may have seen Casey on the Discovery Channel series “Storm Chasers” and his “TIV” is protected by bullet proof 1/8-inch steel skin, 1.63-inches of polycarbonate glass and can withstand EF-5 tornadoes with winds of over 200 miles per hour.

 
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