The Best Weather Photos of 2016
From hurricanes and blizzards to blistering hot days and massive tornadoes, 2016 offered weather photographs ranging from the devastating to the surprisingly beautiful.
Hurricane Matthew left a path of destruction from the Caribbean to the Southeast U.S. Dry conditions mixed with breezy winds and blistering hot temperatures led to severely destructive wildfires in California, with flames blazing across thousands of acres of land, destroying homes and forests.
Despite some of the devastation we have faced, there were still moments that brought joy and beauty. From cooling off in a fountain on a hot day to building a snowman in the middle of Times Square in New York City, TIME takes a look back at the most memorable moments in weather from this year.
Storm clouds dramatically illuminated by the setting sun on a corn field in Petersdorf, Germany, Aug. 21, 2016.
Volcanic lightning is seen at an eruption of Mount Sakurajima, in this photo taken from Tarumizu city, Kagoshima prefecture, southwestern Japan, on Feb. 5, 2016.
A truck drives through floodwaters from Hurricane Matthew in Lumberton, N.C., on Oct. 12, 2016.
An air tanker drops fire retardant on the Blue Cut wildfire in Lytle Creek, California, Aug. 16, 2016.
Autumnal colored landscape in Cologne, Germany, on Nov. 4, 2016
People watch the flooded Jinsha River at a sightseeing platform in Tiger Leaping Gorge, in Diqing, Yunnan Province, China, on July 15, 2016.
Windmills are seen through the morning mist rising from a field in Sehnde near Hanover, northern Germany, on Sept. 22, 2016.
A meteorite-shaped cloud floats in the sky at nightfall in Beijing, on March 7, 2016.
Night falls on Oceti Sakowin Camp on the edge of the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation outside Cannon Ball, North Dakota on Dec. 1, 2016.
A general view of Tower Bridge and the city through the fog, seen from The View From The Shard in London, on Oct. 31, 2016.