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Extreme weather photos from the NOAA


Weather can be an awesome and dangerous thing and these images from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration prove it.

On April 3, 1974, Louisville was one of the hundreds of cities to be hit by a tornado. I was 12 and the memory of the destruction delivered that day is still vivid. The power revealed by those events has fueled a life-long fascination with extreme weather. The images in this gallery are mesmerizing and ominous and never cease to amaze.

Note: Since I am sure someone will bring it up – yes some of these images are grainy or a non-perfect resolution, but they are public domain and often have historical significance. If you want better images, they are available, but I cannot display them in a gallery like this without violating copyright laws.

Photo credit: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

This photo gallery was originally published in November 2010.


Mark W. Kaelin has been writing and editing stories about the IT industry, gadgets, finance, accounting, and tech-life for more than 25 years. Most recently, he has been a regular contributor to,, and TechRepublic.