Some people are big fans of storms. The rhythmic sound of the rain on the rooftop, thunder rolling overhead, or whistling gusts of icy wind as the snow piles up can feel comforting–especially if you don’t have to leave your cozy spot by the window to watch it. And even if the wild weather outside bothers you, it certainly always puts on a show that the most timid can at least respect.
Getting caught in extreme weather, however, is another story altogether. Suddenly, you’re in the thick of it—and what was once a quiet rainstorm or a steady breeze has easily become a raging flood or a destructive tornado tearing away at everything in its path.
Thankfully, these five photographs—as documented by National Geographic in 2012—keep you on the safe side of frighteningly extreme weather. While these severe storms and weather conditions were undoubtedly catastrophic at the time these images were taken, you can at least appreciate them for their beauty… from a distance, of course.
A record-breaking heat wave and high winds caused this Texas cotton field to completely erode and disappear.
No matter where you are in the world, nature’s ferocity will find you one way or another. The extreme weather in these photographs may look beautiful, but in reality, it’s often deadly. To be safe, you might want to stick with looking at pictures instead of trying to snap them yourself!
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