NASA Extreme Weather Photo Contest Winners (PHOTOS)
Posted: 10/09/2012 2:25 pm EDT Updated: 10/09/2012 2:25 pm EDT
NASA just wrapped up its first installment of the Global Precipitation Measurement (GPM) Extreme Weather Photo competition, announcing the top 5 images and the stories behind them.
The photographers range from storm chasers and journalists to professors and photography students. Despite different experience levels among the photographers, each of the captivating images shows the beauty in extreme weather. Though the images below were considered the best of the entry, NASA will send bags and GPM stickers to everyone who submitted an image.
The GPM mission is an international collection of satellites which aims to better predict extreme weather trends and impending natural disasters through a more thorough measurement of global precipitation.
Check out NASA’s top 5 images plus stories of how the photographers captured these shots. Images and captions courtesy of NASA.
(Meggan Wood / NASA)
“I saw the wall of dust coming and quickly drove to the wash to get a good wide-open view of the height of the dust looming over the houses. I barely had time to get back to my car before it hit and I was engulfed! The darkness was surprising but it only lasted about 10-15 minutes before it thinned out enough to where I could drive back home, only about 2 minutes away. This was the giant haboob that made national news when it rolled through and entirely covered all of Phoenix and some surrounding cities.”