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Men's Room does double-duty during tornado warnings at Will Rogers World Airport.
Oklahoma, Oklahoma City 2006 October 4
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A balloon's eye-view from 96,925 feet. Dr. Hall and his student Allen Jordan attached a camera to an atmospheric weather balloon that attained a maximum height of approximately 100,000 above sea level. This image was taken at 96,295 above sea level and captured a magnificent view of the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains and the curvature of the Earth.
Colorado, Boulder 2006 June 6
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A Jack in the Box sign crushed a vehicle during Hurricane Rita.
Louisiana 2005 September 30
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A house either floated off its foundation or was blown off its foundation and landed on this vehicle. There are many instances of vehicles going through buildings but few of buildings going through vehicles.
Louisiana 2005 September 30
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A U.S. Climate Reference Network (USCRN) station.
Idaho, Murphy 2005 June
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A U.S. Climate Reference Network (USCRN) station.
Montana, St. Mary 2005 June
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A U.S. Climate Reference Network (USCRN) station.
Wyoming, Moose 2005 June
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A U.S. Climate Reference Network (USCRN) station.
Nebraska, Harrison 2006 June
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A U.S. Climate Reference Network (USCRN) station.
Arizona, Elgin 2005 February
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A U.S. Climate Reference Network (USCRN) station.
New York, Millbrook 2005 November
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A U.S. Climate Reference Network (USCRN) station.
Wyoming, Lander 2006 July
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Site maintenance being performed at a U.S. Climate Reference Network (USCRN) station.
Oregon, John Day 2005 June
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Site maintenance being performed at a U.S. Climate Reference Network (USCRN) station. The visible smoke in the background is from a forest fire in Glacier National Park, a fire which led to the evacuation of St. Mary Village a few hours after the photograph was taken.
Montana, St. Mary 2006 July 29
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The Mauna Loa Observatory in Hawaii is located at the 11,200 feet level of Mauna Loa. volcano. The mountain in the background is Mauna Kea, home for many major astronomical observatories. The Keeling Building, the original building at the observatory, can be seen at the end of the boardwalk.
Hawaii, Mauna Loa 2004 October 1
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This fisheye image of the Mauna Loa Observatory in Hawaii was taken from the instrument desk atop the NDSC building. The observatory is located at the 11,200 feet level of Hawaii's Mauna Loa. volcano. The Keeling Building, the original building at Mauna Loa Observatory, can be seen at the right side of the small blue building at far left.
Hawaii, Mauna Loa 2004 October 2
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Looking down the Mauna Loa Observatory Road. This section of the long road to the Mauna Loa Observatory is closest to the observatory and the safest portion.
Hawaii, Mauna Loa 2001 June 28
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Ultraviolet Instruments at the Mauna Loa Observatory. Three GLOBE ultraviolet instruments are busily making unattended measurements from the instrument desk over the NDSC Building at Hawaii's Mauna Loa Observatory. These instruments were built by Dr. David Brooks of Drexel, using light-emitting diodes to detect and measure sunlight, a technique developed by Forest M. Mims III.
Hawaii, Mauna Loa 2005 May 19
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A cloudy morning at the Mauna Loa Observatory. No sunlight measurements today. Morning clouds usually indicate a cloudy day at the Mauna Loa Observatory .
Hawaii, Mauna Loa 2004 September 24
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Mornings at the Mauna Loa Observatory are usually cloud free. The Keeling Building is at center. The dome at lower right houses the Dobson spectroradiometer that measures the ozone layer. The thin dark layer over the horizon has the appearance of Asian dust.
Hawaii, Mauna Loa 2006 May 29
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Mornings at the Mauna Loa Observatory are usually cloud free. The Keeling Building is at center. The dome houses the Dobson spectroradiometer that measures the ozone layer. Hilo is below the clouds over the horizon.
Hawaii, Mauna Loa 2006 May 30
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The venerable restroom facility at NOAA's Mauna Loa Observatory. The structures at each corner keeps the facility from blowing away.
Hawaii, Mauna Loa 2006 May 28
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The brilliant green beam of the lidar at the Mauna Loa Observatory (MLO) pierces up to the stratosphere to measure aerosols and water vapor. MLO Station Chief Dr. John Barnes can be seen through the window as he studies data returned by his powerful lidar.
Hawaii, Mauna Loa 2001 June 25
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The brilliant green beam of the lidar at the Mauna Loa Observatory (MLO) pierces up to the stratosphere to measure aerosols and water vapor.
Hawaii, Mauna Loa 2001 June 25
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The brilliant green beam of the lidar at the Mauna Loa Observatory (MLO) measures aerosols and water vapor high in the stratosphere. This unretouched image was made when fog briefly formed during an observing session. The camera The camera was leaned against the side of the dome that houses the Dobson spectroradiometer that measures the ozone layer.
Hawaii, Mauna Loa 2001 June 25
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This full solar halo formed by the refraction of sunlight from ice crystals in cirrus clouds.
Hawaii, Mauna Loa 2005 May 22
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Thick fog often cloaks the lonely road to Hawaii's Mauna Loa Observatory.
Hawaii, Mauna Loa 2004 September 28
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The sun drops between layers of clouds as another day of measurements ends at the Mauna Loa Observatory.
Hawaii, Mauna Loa 2001 July 1
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A brilliant twilight glow signals the ending of another day of measurements at Mauna Loa Observatory. The red twilight is caused by Asian dust, which forms layers that are visible in the twilight glow.
Hawaii, Mauna Loa 2006 May 29
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The late Leslie Pajo measures the ozone layer from inside the Dobson spectrophotometer dome at the Mauna Loa Observatory.
Hawaii, Mauna Loa 2004 October 5
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The late Leslie Pajo checks a sunlight measuring instrument at Mauna Loa Observatory. Mauna Kea rises above the Keeling Building behind Leslie.
Hawaii, Mauna Loa 2004 October 5
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Dr. John Barnes, Station Chief of NOAA's Mauna Loa Observatory, measures stratospheric aerosols using a powerful laser lidar. Data from the lidar are displayed on the computer monitor at right.
Hawaii, Mauna Loa 2005 May 23
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Brooke Walsh measures the ozone layer using world standard Dobson instrument number 83. The calibration of most ozone instruments made from the Earth and from space are traceable to Dobson 83.
Hawaii, Mauna Loa 2005 July 7
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Brooke Walsh measures the ozone layer using Dobson spectrophotometer number 76 shown in this fisheye view inside the Dobson dome at NOAA's Mauna Loa Observatory.
Hawaii, Mauna Loa 2003 July 7
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Brooke Walsh explains how the ozone layer is measured at the Mauna Loa Observatory to a group of international students from the University of the Nations.
Hawaii, Mauna Loa 2005 June 23
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Steve Ryan points to an instrument that measures the intensity of sunlight at the Mauna Loa Observatory.
Hawaii, Mauna Loa 2006 May 30
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Steve Ryan explains some of the measurements made at the Mauna Loa Observatory to a group of international students from the University of the Nations.
Hawaii, Mauna Loa 2006 May 19
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Paul Fukumura-Sawada cleans a sunlight monitoring instrument at NOAA's Mauna Loa Observatory.
Hawaii, Mauna Loa 2006 June 4
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Paul Fukumura-Sawada glances at the sky near the sun to check for the presence of aerosols in the sky over NOAA's Mauna Loa Observatory.
Hawaii, Mauna Loa 2006 May 31
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Scientists repair an instrument adjacent to a dome that houses an ultraviolet spectroradiometer at NOAA's Mauna Loa Observatory.
Hawaii, Mauna Loa 2004 October 5
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Cirrus clouds over NOAA's Mauna Loa Observatory. Mare's tail cirrus provide a spectacular backdrop to the 40-meter instrumentation tower at the Mauna Loa Observatory.
Hawaii, Mauna Loa 2001 June 27
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These unusual wave clouds were photographed from the Saddle Road a few miles from the road to the Mauna Loa Observatory.
Hawaii, Mauna Loa 2004 September 29
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This thunderstorm over the Kona side of Hawaii was photographed from the Mauna Loa Observatory. When such storms occur over the observatory, their lightning can damage equipment and power poles.
Hawaii, Mauna Loa 2004 October 2
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Fisheye view of the sky over NOAA's Mauna Loa Observatory as seen from the instrument deck over the NDSC Building. South is down and East is left. The Mauna Loa Solar Observatory is south (bottom). The 40-meter meteorological tower is West (right). The spike at upper right is a nearby lightning rod.
Hawaii, Mauna Loa 2003 June 7
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The Mauna Loa Observatory sign.
Hawaii, Mauna Loa 2003 April 24
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The Dobson spectrophotometer housed inside this dome provides daily measurements of the ozone layer.
Hawaii, Mauna Loa 2006 June 6
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The Dobson spectrophotometer housed inside this dome provides daily measurements of the ozone layer.
Hawaii, Mauna Loa 2006 June 6
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Meteorologist Daniel Noah, NWS Tampa Bay Area, provides a weather briefing to the Lee County Emergency Operations Center just before Hurricane Wilma makes landfall in southwest Florida.
Florida, Lee County 2005 October 24
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American flag hanging proudly from the porch of a home during a devastating ice storm. This storm produced between 1/2 and 1 inch thick ice glazing over a wide area resulting in power outages to over 1 million North Carolina customers.
North Carolina, Raleigh 2002 December 5
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North Carolina was prepared for this snowstorm as the NWS had prepared accurate forecasts and warnings prior to its striking. The contrast between the old and the new in downtown Raleigh is highlighted in this image as the old North Carolina capitol building is in the foreground with the new 30-story First Union Tower looming behind.
North Carolina, Raleigh 2004 January 9
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Several state museums are visible in this image of Edenton Street in downtown Raleigh during a January snow in North Carolina.
North Carolina, Raleigh 2004 January 9

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