IMAGES: Out in All Weather

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Science  04 Oct 2002:
Vol. 298, Issue 5591, pp. 19
DOI: 10.1126/science.298.5591.19e

Neither rain, nor sleet, nor hair-raisingly close lightning seems to have persuaded Harald Edens to put down his camera and run for it. A Holland native now in graduate school in atmospheric physics at the New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology in Socorro, Edens has trained his lens on all sorts of photogenic weather and striking atmospheric effects. His online gallery Weather Photography showcases hundreds of his photos, from a cloud menagerie to shots of the green flash, a rare burst of color on the setting sun caused by refraction. Captions explain what you're seeing, and Edens offers tips on technique. Here, lightning leaps from the top of a roiling thunderhead in Louisiana. Known as a bolt from the blue, this rare type of lightning is particularly dangerous because it hits the ground away from the cloud and can zap people who thought they were at a safe distance.

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