20 Dramatic Weather Photos That Make You Wonder Why We Use It For Small Talk

Weather is so much a part of our lives that we usually take it for granted. Talking about the weather is the textbook example of meaningless small talk, something we do when discussing substantive issues would make everybody feel awkward and uncomfortable. In general, weather is a nice, safe topic that doesn’t get anybody all worked up or end with people slamming doors and calling each other misogynists.

Some weather, however, is so dramatic that it demands to be the center of attention. Talking about the tornado that just destroyed your house, for example, isn’t the kind of chatter one uses to break the ice at parties, though it would probably do the trick. Here are 20 of Earth’s most dramatic weather formations that you can talk about at your next cocktail party, if those are still a thing people do.

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Dramatic Weather Lightning Alps

Some people live the kind of lives that let them see stuff like this all the time. You do not live one of those lives. Source: My Birdie

Dramatic Weather Alps

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Dramatic Weather Lenticular Antarctica

These are lenticular clouds clinging to Mt. Erebus in Antarctica. Lenticular clouds are believed by sane people to explain many UFO sightings. Other sightings are probably aliens, though. Source:

Dramatic Weather Lenticular Arizona

Source: Wikipedia

Dramatic Weather Lenticular UFO

Source: Blogspot

Dramatic Weather Beach Haboob

Have you ever been standing on the beach and suddenly been hit by a second, much larger beach that's roaring sideways as fast as a car on the freeway? This is a haboob, which is a hilariously named horizontal sandstorm that can arrive suddenly in arid areas. Source: All Hip Hop

Dramatic Weather Ocean Haboob

Source: Daily Mail

Dramatic Weather Lightning Manchester

Okay, let's start slow with the lightning. Here it is, touching ground behind a small house in Manchester. Source: Manchester Evening News

Dramatic Weather Lightning Barcroft

Here it is, hitting Barcroft with quite a bit more enthusiasm. Source: The Mirror

Dramatic Weather Lightning Liberty

Take that, New Jersey! Source: BBC

Dramatic Weather Lightning Volcano

Do you suppose the ancient Romans ever wrote erotic fan fiction about Jupiter getting down with Vulcan and having the angriest sex ever? This is what they had in mind. Source: ABC

Dramatic Weather Volcano Iran

Source: Hotcloob

Dramatic Weather Lightning Dianetics

Okay, you can believe in Thor, or you can be a Scientologist. Not both. Source: Blogspot

Dramatic Weather Round Cloud

This is just the kind of thing you have to get used to if you live in Kansas. Source: End Time Upgrade

Dramatic Weather Tornado House

If you lived here, you'd be calling your insurance carrier now. Source: Blogspot

Dramatic Weather Fire Tornado

This is a fire tornado moving over water. Immediately after this picture was taken, a group of Israelites drowned after following it into the river. Source: Cat In Water

Dramatic Weather Tornado Lightning

The good news is that the tornado spared your house. The bad news is that it burned down after being struck by lightning. Source: WVUA TV

Dramatic Weather Rainbow Lake

Always go out on a high note. Source: Photo Furl

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13 Interesting Animals You Didn’t Know Existed

Through the natural process of evolution, earthly processes have created some of the most bizarre-looking creatures to wander this planet. Often relegated to remote, semi-unpopulated areas, they are difficult to study, and are often in danger of extinction, we take a look at some of the world’s interesting animals:

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Interesting Animals

The national animal of Pakistan, the Markhor is a sizable species of wild goat. The majestic beast’s most distinguishing feature is its massive spiral horns that can grow to be up to five feet long. They are on the endangered list, with less than 2,500 mature animals in existence. Source: My Modern Met

Maned Wolf

The maned wolf looks less like a wolf and more like a fox – even though they belong to a different genus. They can be found in South America and frequent places with tall grasslands, hence their really long legs. They are also known as the “skunk wolf” as they have a very…distinctive…odor. Source: My Modern Met

Fossa

Fossas live in Madagascar, and their looks fall between a cat and a ferret, with a little bit of cougar thrown into the mix. Being a carnivore, they are very sleek and muscular, are able to chase down prey with the greatest of ease. Source: My Modern Met

Zebra Duiker

Zebra Duikers look tiny, chubby antelope, with stripes down their back and other zebra-like markings. Females are bigger than the males, contrary to the typical template of nature. They live in rainforests and eat mostly foliage, but they have a reinforced nasal bone that helps them crack open hard-skinned fruits. Source: My Modern Met

Interesting Animals Dhole

A canine species that lives in Southeast Asia, the dhole is another animal that bears resemblance to the fox and the wolf. They’re very social animals and tend to tackle way bigger prey, such as boar, buffalos, or even tigers. They’re endangered for a number of reasons, including a decreasing amount of prey, habitat loss, competition and disease from other feral dogs. Source: My Modern Met

Irrawaddy Dolphin

Here’s the first oceanic creature, the Irrawaddy Dolphin of Southeast Asia. With those little faces it’s hard to believe, but they are closely related to the killer whale- even though they more closely resemble the Beluga whale. The term Irrawaddy comes from Latin, meaning “short beak.” Source: My Modern Met

Interesting Animals Patagonian Mara

The Patagonian Mara is a furry rodent who greatly resembles a rabbit with long, spindly legs. They live in Argentina and large parts of Patagonia, mostly under the cover of shrubbery. Like common rabbits, they are also herbivores. Source: My Modern Met

Interesting Animals Pink Fairy Armadillo

A pink fairy armadillo sounds like a creature from a fantasy land, but they are very real. Unfortunately, they are on the endangered species list, so being a figment of fantasy might very well be true someday. Native to Argentina, they occupy grasslands and their pink exterior may serve as camouflage against the sandy dunes they call home. Source: My Modern Met

Red Muntjac

Also known as the “barking deer,” the red muntjac lives in India and greatly resembles a deer, with their antlers being their most peculiar feature. They are unbranched and can grow up to six inches long. They eat grass, but also dine on berries and bird eggs when they can find them. Source: My Modern Met

Interesting Animals Sunda Colugo

Also known as the sunda flying lemur, the sunda colugo can be found throughout Southeast Asia, and is actually pretty poorly named because it’s not a lemur and it can’t fly. Instead, it uses a very thin membrane to glide through the air. They are most active at night and eat flowers, young leaves and shoots. Source: My Modern Met

Barbirusa

Barbirusas belong in the pig family, and they’re also called by the oxymoronic term ‘pig-deer’. They are native to Indonesia and the males have very large tusks, like other species of pigs. They do not grind down the tusks through normal activities, so they can eventually penetrate the animal's own skull if they reach a certain length. Source: My Modern Met

Interesting Animals Tufted Deer

The protruded fangs on the male of this species give the illusion that they’re carnivores, but they eat grass like most deer. A close relative to the muntjac and usually found in China, they are being overhunted and slowly losing their habitat, but luckily they haven’t made it onto the endangered species list yet. Source: My Modern Met

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We Found The Most Stunning Nature Photography of 2014

Northern Gannets Photography

Source: The Atlantic

Our world is always changing, always moving. Perhaps it is for this reason that nature photography can be so captivating. Whether the photographer captures an incredible sunset or catches a rarely seen creature in its natural setting, the moments that appear in these images are unique and fleeting.

Tap into your creative side with some of the best nature photography of 2014. Touching all parts of the world in every season, this gallery is sure to make you appreciate all that Mother Nature has provided.

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Big Sur Landscape Photography

Big Sur, California. Source: Bored Panda

Red Fox Best Nature Photography of 2014

Source: Bored Panda

Incredible Sunset Pictures 2014

Greater Manchester, England. Source: James Pictures

Adorable Bear Nature Photos

Source: The Atlantic

Best Pictures of the Snow 2014

Viru Bog, Estonia. Source: IB Times

UK Mountain Photographer 2014

Lake District, England. Source: All That Is Interesting

Lemur Nature Photography

Source: Bored Panda

2014 Best Landscape Photography

Derbyshire, England. Source: All That Is Interesting

Nature Photography of 2014 Vermilion Cliffs

Vermilion Cliffs, Arizona. Source: Bored Panda

Snowy Egrets Nature Photography

Source: Smithsonian

Awesome Leopard Photography

Source: The Atlantic

Swimming Iguana Nature Photography

Source: Bored Panda

Nature Photography 2014

Source: The Atlantic

Spider by Krasimir Matarov

Source: Streetloop

Animal Nature Photography of 2014

Source: Grandfather

Beautiful Glacier National Park

Glacier National Park, Montana. Source: Business Insider

Best Nature Photography of 2014 Gecko

Source: IB Times

Top Nature Photography Craig Parry

Broken Head Nature Reserve, Australia. Source: International Landscape Photographer

Awesome Nature Photography 2014

Gold Coast Hinterland, Australia. Source: IB Times

Best Nature Photography of 2015

Source: Independent

Forest Pathway

Olympic National Park, Washington. Source: Bored Panda

Northern Gannets Photography

Source: The Atlantic

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American Wilderness As You’ve Never Seen It Before

From the artist: “Wanderment” is the result of a 12-month collection of 4K time-lapse sequences captured while backpacking. Countless miles of hiking in the Appalachian Mountains and adventurous backpacking in California and Alaska provided no shortage of opportunity to capture the planet’s poetry in motion. Further juxtaposing these contrasting landscapes is the use of both color and black and white techniques throughout the film. Each time-lapse sequence, comprised of hundreds of still images, represents a chance to share these reflective moments far away from urban epicenters. It offers a simple reminder to step outside with your friends and family to experience and respect nature first-hand.

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