Whether it’s flash floods, tornadoes, or ice storms, the United States experiences a number of truly insane weather events across the year. At times, it can look like a disaster movie come to life — and we’ve got the pictures to prove it! Yes, these spectacular images show that America can be home to some of the most awe-inspiring moments in nature.
1. Tornado in Oklahoma
If you ever needed a reminder of just how destructive tornadoes can be, this picture makes for a sobering sight. It was snapped in Moore, Oklahoma, a couple of weeks after a huge EF-5 storm struck in May 2013. With winds reaching speeds of more than 200 miles per hour, this deadly tornado claimed the lives of 24 residents and flattened roughly 300 buildings. The damage costs were in the region of $2 billion.
2. Blizzard in California
We don’t know about you, but we feel like we need a pair of gloves just looking at this snap! It’s an incredible shot that came from Crestline, California, in March 2023. During that period, the state was hit by a number of snowstorms that blanketed communities such as this one. The extreme conditions were a complete departure from what residents were used to, but even seasoned pros would struggle here.
3. Hurricane Ian in Florida
This photo should give you some idea of just how terrifying Hurricane Ian was when it tore through Florida at the end of September 2022. As the storm touched down, its winds were recorded at 150 miles per hour, making it a Category 4 hurricane. The boat here didn’t stand a chance. Tragically, 149 people lost their lives across the Sunshine State, while the damage costs were close to $113 billion.
4. Drought in Nevada
Droughts like this have become all-too regular for the folks living in Nevada. This particular shot was taken close to Lake Mead, which has receded to an alarming degree in recent times. We wonder how long that boat’s been sitting there? According to Drought.gov, more than 30 percent of the state is currently experiencing “severe drought” — down from the 58.9 percent recorded in February 2023.