Breathtaking Images Of Storms Show Their Beauty And Power

The word “storm” tends to have a negative connotation to it. We think rain, heavy winds, destruction, and natural disasters. However, once you can look past the chaos that they can bring, the sheer power, mystery, and beauty of storms can be understood as beautiful. When captured at the perfect moment, storms can be downright breathtaking forces of nature and these pictures are a testimony to that. Here’s a list we compiled of some incredible storms that make you feel powerless just looking at them. You won’t believe the picture of the supercell thunderstorm taken in Nebraska!

Volcanic Lightning

Volcanic Lightning

Photo: Marco Fulle

At a glance, this photograph seems like it was taken out of a science-fiction apocalyptic film. Most people will go their entire lives without seeing anything close to this, yet we were lucky enough that Marco Fulle snapped this picture. The contrast between the erupting volcano combined with the very clear streaks of lighting demonstrates the pure power of nature and although very dangerous, is remarkably beautiful. This volcanic lightning is known as a “dirty thunderstorm”, which occurs when volcanic ash, ice particles, and rocks collide within a volcanic plume creating friction and then lightning. This particular picture was captured during the eruption of the Icelandic volcano Eyjafjallajökull in 2010.