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NOAA's National Weather Service (NWS) Collection
Catalog of Images

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The daily weather map for January 22, 1922, a few days before the famous " Knickerbocker Storm" that caused havoc in Washington, D.C. All weather maps from the Nineteenth Century and Twentieth Century are on-line through the NOAA Central Library.
United States 1922 January 22
2001 thumbnail picture
Meteorologist Scott Rudge preparing a weather forecast.
South Dakota, Rapid City 2004 September 12
2002 thumbnail picture
Central Illinois doppler radar display of tornadic supercell thunderstorm.
Illinois, Scott County 2006 March 13
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Bow echo with strong winds racing across Alabama observed by Birmingham doppler radar
Alabama 2001 February 16 2037
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Bow echo with strong winds racing across Alabama observed by Birmingham doppler radar
Alabama 2001 February 16 2058
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Genesis of tornadic thunderstorms that ravaged Oklahoma during the great Oklahoma Tornado Outbreak of 1999.
Oklahoma 1999 May 4 0201 UTC
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Tornadogenic storm during great Oklahoma Tornado Outbreak of 1999.
Oklahoma 1999 May 4 0256 UTC
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Tornadogenic storm formed during great Oklahoma Tornado Outbreak of 1999.
Oklahoma 1999 May 4 0350 UTC
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Tornadic thunderstorms ravaging Oklahoma during the great Oklahoma Tornado Outbreak of 1999.
Oklahoma 1999 May 4 0445 UTC
2009 thumbnail picture
Reflectivity image and storm relative velocity image showing location of tornado to the west of Union City during the great Oklahoma Tornado Outbreak of 1999. Hook echo at bottom left of reflectivity images is the location of the tornado.
Oklahoma, Union City 1999 May 3
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Reflectivity image of supercell thunderstorm with tornadic hook echo SW of Amber during the great Oklahoma Tornado Outbreak of 1999.
1999 May 3 2317 UTC
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Reflectivity image of tornado bearing hook echo to west of Pottawatomie.
1999 May 4 0142 UTC
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Elongated appearance of reflectivity image showing highly sheared tornadogenic supercell storm with hook echo on SW quadrant of storm.
1999 May 4 0152 UTC
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Reflectivity image of the same elongated supercell showing intensification and better defined hook echo.
1999 May 4 0216 UTC
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Storm relative velocity doppler display showing rotation. Red area is wind blowing away from radar while green area is wind blowing toward radar. The tornado is ENE of the Norman WSFO and less than 30 km away.
1999 May 4 0216 UTC
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An intense storm over Reno County. This storm produced golf ball size hail and severe winds.
Kansas, Reno County 2009 June 8 2359
2016 thumbnail picture
3-D image of the Reno County intense thunder storm showing the intense part of t storm extending upward to over 40,000 feet. This image was derived from doppler radar observations of the storm
Kansas, Reno County 2009 June 8 2359
2017 thumbnail picture
Supercell thunderstorms over central Kansas. These storms produced golf ball size hail with winds up to 70 mph.
2008 May 10 1700
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A composite image showing a serial derecho as it travels across the Midwest. These are satellite water vapor images with lightning strikes overlaid. This storm produced widespread wind damage with winds of 80 to 100 mph in the most intense portions of the storm. Derecho is from the Spanish for "straight" and refers to the strong straight-line winds associated with these type of storms.
2009 May 8
2019 thumbnail picture
Regional radar image of derecho racing to the southeast across Kansas.
2009 May 8
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Aerial photograph geo-C25883793 of Texas coast following landfall of Hurricane Ike.
Texas, Galveston 2008 September 14
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Aerial photograph geo-C25883805 of Texas coast following landfall of Hurricane Ike.
Texas, Galveston 2008 September 14
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Aerial photograph geo-C25883831 of Texas coast following landfall of Hurricane Ike.
Texas, Galveston 2008 September 14
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Aerial photograph geo-C25883869 of Texas coast following landfall of Hurricane Ike.
Texas, Galveston 2008 September 14
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Radar display of frontal system with fairly intense precipitation extending across the Southeast United States.
United States Southeast 2009 October 7
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Green flash flood warning box, yellow severe thunderstorm warning boxes, red tornado warnings (these red warning boxes are issued when rotation is indicated in the storm clouds) which coincided with the Bradford County tornado, darker yellow offshore marine warning.
Florida, Jacksonville 2010 January 21
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Bats encountering supercell thunderstorm with hook echo indicative of tornado.
Texas, Del Rio 2006 March 19
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A north-south line of thunderstorms bisecting the southern Florida Peninsula.
Florida, Melbourne 2009 September 27 9:57 EDT
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Hurricane Humberto shortly after making landfall at High Island, Texas. The eye is still well-defined and rain-bands are well-defined. Although hitting shore as a minimal hurricane, it was one of the most rapidly intensifying hurricanes on record.
Louisiana, Lake Charles 2007 September 13
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Part of a loop showing the evolution of Hurricane Lili on the Lake Charles radar .
Louisiana, Lake Charles 2002 October 3
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Integrated rainfall totals from Tropical Storm Allison. Note white areas indicating over 25 inches of rain at Houston and south of Lafayette.
Louisiana, Lake Charles 2001 June 10
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Comparison of Storm Relative Velocity display and Composite Reflectivity display . The change from green to red west of Goodman indicates rotation and is an indicator of tornadic activity. In fact, a large tornado struck the Goodman area at this time.
Mississippi, Jackson 2008 January 10
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A special marine warning (deep yellow box north of Key West) for heavy thunderstorms.
Florida, Key West 2009 September 13 0404UTC
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Integrated rainfall totals from Tropical Storm Allison. Note white areas indicating over 25 inches of rain at Houston and Beaumont.
Texas, Houston 2001 June 10
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National Weather Service Quad Cities WSFO
Iowa, Davenport
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National Weather Service Quad Cities WSFO Doppler Radar installation
Iowa, Davenport
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National Weather Service Quad Cities WSFO
Iowa, Davenport
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A zig-zag frontal boundary with much associated severe weather. See image wea01878.
United States 2011 April 19 local time
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Tornado warnings in NE Arkansas from the Memphis National Weather Service Forecast Office.
Arkansas, Tennessee 2011 April 19
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Tornado warnings (red polygons) on NWS Doppler radar from Nashville National Weather Service Forecast Office.
Mississippi, Tennessee 2009 October 9
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A razor sharp frontal boundary. Compare to image wea01877.
United States, Southeast 2009 October 7
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Supercells lined up on frontal boundary spawning tornadic activity
2010 April 30
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Doppler radar composite showing tornado warnings in NW Arkansas and south central Missouri.
Arkansas, Missouri 2010 April 30
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Donut shaped precipitation pattern surrounding Pontiac and Detroit. Perhaps a Halloween trick.
Michigan, Ohio 2002 October 31`
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A classic cyclone with trailing front. Low pressure center located over Missouri. This system spawned the devastating Joplin, Missouri, tornado approximately 6 hours earlier.
United States Eastern half 2011 May 22 2320 EST
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Classic comma-shaped system with tornadoes forming ESE of low-pressure center which is over western Kansas. This system spawned the devastating Joplin, Missouri, tornado.
United States Central 2011 May 22 1730 EST
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Tornado warnings issues by Memphis Weather Service Forecast Office superimposed on Doppler radar base reflectivity.
Arkansas, Missouri, Tennessee 2010 May 2
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Earliest northern hemisphere weather map produced by Weatehr Bureau cooperatively with other nations.
Northern Hemisphere 1877 October 1
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Early diagram showing the evolution of cyclones and the polar front theory first advanced by J. Bjerknes. In: "Life Cycle of Cyclones and the Polar Front Theory of Atmospheric Circulation," p. 3, Geofysiske Publikationer, Vol III, No. 1, 1922.
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The life cycle of cyclones as theorized by J. Bjerknes in: "Life Cycle of Cyclones and the Polar Front Theory of Atmospheric Circulation," p. 5, Geofysiske Publikationer, Vol III, No. 1, 1922.

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