Top 20 Meteorological Images of 2013

By Stu Ostro
Published: December 28, 2013

Behemoth Storm: December 2013

Europe Storm

Image credit: NERC Satellite Receiving Station, Dundee University, Scotland

The leading edge of the strong jet stream in the previous image went on to contribute to rapid intensification of a storm enormous in size which hit northwest Europe on Christmas Eve and produced one of the lowest barometric pressure measurements on record in the UK. The system extends from Africa in the bottom of the image to multiple swirls from north of Scotland across the North Atlantic. Chris Burt of Weather Underground has more on this very intense storm at this link.

For full effect, see this full-sized image, and here's another stunning view of the storm and its swirls.

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Cars are buried by snow near Hamden, Conn., Feb. 10, 2013, in the aftermath of Winter Storm Nemo that hit Connecticut and much of the New England states. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)

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