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A view from inside the eye of Hurricane Katrina, as Hurricane Hunter instrumentation collects meteorological readings. This eye features a strong “stadium effect”, with the eyewall resembling bleachers. The Hurricane Hunters flew into Katrina from the moment she was born all the way until she made landfall – gathering data about strength and path that allowed people along the coast to take precautions and prepare for the powerful inbound storm

St Elmo's Fire: static discharge on the windshield of a plane

A squall line is a line of severe thunderstorms that can form along or ahead of a cold front. In the early 20th century, the term was used as a synonym for cold front. It contains heavy precipitation, hail, frequent lightning, strong straight-line winds, and possibly tornadoes and waterspouts.

Virga. Visible streaks of precipitation that evaporate before reaching the ground. Sort of look like cloud commas.

Hurricane and tropical cyclone tracking from Capeweather.com. Stay up to date with information in the tropics during hurricane season.

1954 | A passerby holds on to a tree for support as hurricane swept waves hammer the sea wall adjacent to the Belt Parkway near 72nd Street in Brooklyn. The New York area and the New Jersey coastline were battered by Hurricane Carol as heavy rains and fierce winds disrupted power lines, felled trees and tangled air and highway traffic.

Monster waves: Rough weather for lighthouse keepers. By Mariners Weather Log/NOAA

Tornadoes: Nature's most violent storms (from the NOAA Severe Storms Laboratory)

This photo is a composite of three days' views (August 23, 24 and 25, 1992) of Hurricane Andrew as it slowly moved across south Florida from east to west.