Seeing the devastation left in the wake of this formidable tempest, in various forms – flood, power outages, fires, sand – was both awesome and terrifying. When our world is calm it's a wondrous place. But angry too, it has undeniable beauty.
The darkening sky and swirling clouds of an impending tornado, or an electrifying light show against an evening backdrop, are just some of the formidably mesmerizing images that can really get our attention.
And often, have us running for cover. Mother Nature behaving badly, after all, is only beautiful from a distance. For the best way to see weather at its worst check out the impressive photos on these sites:
National Geographic Tornadoes
Stormy Weather Gallery
DPS Electrifying Lightning Images
National Geographic Hurricanes
National Geographic Wildfires
Reuters Weather Around the World