Top image: A tornado churns up dust in sunset light near Traer, IA by Brad Goddard. This image won second place in the Professional Submissions category.
The NOAA photo contest features four different categories: (1) Professional Submissions, (2) Weather, Water and Climate, (3) Science in Action, and in the (4) iMoment (i.e. pics captured with handheld devices). Here are the respective winners of each, followed by some of our favorite submissions.
Stars Behind the Storm by Brad Goddard, Orion, IL
First place, Professional Submissions
Snow Express by Conrad Stenftenagel, Saint Anthony, IN
First place, Weather, Water & Climate
Green Bank Telescope in WV by Mike Zorger, Falls Church, VA
First pace, Science in Action
Smoky Mountains by Elijah Burris, Canton, NC
First place, iMoment
Proton Arc Over Lake Superior by Ken William, Clio, MI
Second place, Weather, Water & Climate
With a Bang by Bob Larson, Prescott, AZ
Third place, Weather, Water & Climate
Fire in the Sky Pver Glacier National Park by Sashikanth
Honorable mention, Weather, Water & Climate
Spring Captured by Mike Shelby
Second place, iMoment
Rolling Clouds in Lake Tahoe by Christopher Le Boa
Third place, iMoment
More photo contest winners here.