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.
First place, Professional Submissions
First place, Weather, Water & Climate
First pace, Science in Action
First place, iMoment
Second place, Weather, Water & Climate
Third place, Weather, Water & Climate
Honorable mention, Weather, Water & Climate
Second place, iMoment
Third place, iMoment
More photo contest winners here.