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Epic pictures of extreme weather instability

We'll start with a pretty well-known shot of a wicked storm front, approaching over the sea. Apparently, this is a tropical cyclone "Graham" forming over the Pacific Ocean (off the northeast coast of Australia):

(image credit: Steve Todd)

Sandstorms in Iraq are quite a common occurrence; though not everyone knows that the similar storms also frequently happen in Arizona. They are called Haboobs and are quite an awesome sight to observe (from a good distance):

(images via)

This photograph taken Arizona shows the sandstorm blowing over the mountain range - you can see how small the mountains appear compared to that humongous wave of sand:

Read more info about sand- and dust- storms (with many mind-boggling pictures) in our DRB article Dust Storms.

Certainly less threatening than a wall of sand, but almost as fascinating is "an ocean of fog". Here is an interesting phenomena of thick morning fog blanketing skyscrapers of Dubai:

(images credit: Harry Lambert)

"Extreme Instability" hovers over plain old prairie landscape

The following mind-boggling pictures are courtesy North-American tornado-chasers site Extreme Instabillity. Check out their incredible photo galleries:

(images credit: Mike Hollingshead, Extreme Instability)

These guys update the site every storm season with new epic photos. Another mesmerizing site that documents the evolution of storms is work of Ryan McGinnis - the images below are from a single day of storm-chasing (more info):

(photos courtesy Ryan McGinnis and Mike Hollingshead, Extreme instability)

Here is a pretty cool effect: these light beams appear to be rising from the ground, when in reality they are shining down, of course:

Rare, streamlined stratospheric clouds

A spectacular cloud appears in Antarctica, formed by extreme weather conditions: a "polar stratospheric cloud", streamlined by fierce stratospheric winds of more than 230 kilometers per hour:

(image credit: Sydney Morning Herald)

And now... after all this spectacular turmoil and unrest, here is a picture of perfect peace and tranquility to rest your eyes (photo by Paul Kopeikin):

(photo courtesy Paul Kopeikin)

Article by Avi Abrams, Dark Roasted Blend.


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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you. Makes one feel quite small. Awesome!

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Awesome pictures. I've seen some before but others are new to me - it's certainly a great collection.

The last picture is particularly striking in its simple beauty. Brilliant.

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey these are Mamatus Clouds !

Anonymous Anonymous said...

that's was amazing, who can beat the mother of nature?

Anonymous Anonymous said...

For the first photo:
the Pacific Ocean is off the EAST coast of Australia. The Indian Ocean is off the WEST coast.

Anonymous Anonymous said...

What a sight!

Anonymous Anonymous said...

The photos at ExtremeInstability are made by just one guy and that guy is Mike Hollingshead. McGinnis has another site.

Blogger Avi Abrams said...

Thank you, credits adjusted

Anonymous Anonymous said...

wow, awesome!


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