The Craziest Weather Photos Of 2019

The weather is in many ways unpredictable. Even with technology and advance warning, disasters strike. Weather is also often behind incredibly beautiful and serene moments and landscapes. Whether it was tornadoes in the United States, flooding in France or the views of the eclipse throughout South America, there were a lot of weather events that produced incredible photos from around the world in 2019. 

Bomb cyclone hits Denver

Dillon Dinter walks across 44th Avenue after leaving Berkeley Lake Park during a winter storm in the Denver metro area on Wednesday, March 13, 2019. The bomb cyclone storm resulted in ice and winds up to 90 mph at Denver International Airport. Some 200,000 people were left without power throughout various periods of the day.

Cyclone Idai strikes Mozambique

Houses in Buzi, central Mozambique, flooded on March 20, 2019, after the passage of Cyclone Idai. International aid agencies raced to rescue survivors and meet spiraling humanitarian needs in three impoverished countries battered by one of the worst storms to hit southern Africa in decades.

Cyclone Kenneth follows Idai

Residents take shelter under a house roof in the Paquite district of Pemba on April 29, 2019, as Cyclone Kenneth hit northern Mozambique, killing 38 and destroying thousands of homes. Cyclone Kenneth was the strongest cyclone to ever hit Africa.

Eruption of Mount Sinabung

A view from Gajah Village as Mount Sinabung erupted, spewed volcanic ash into the sky on June 9, 2019, in Karo, Indonesia.

July 2019 was Earth’s hottest month on record

Children cool down as they play in a public fountain during summer heat on July 19, 2019, in New York City. Some 100 heat records were expected to be broken that weekend alone, according to the National Weather Service, as a heatwave hit the midwest and eastern U.S.

Solar eclipse over South America

A total solar eclipse is seen in Buenos Aires, Argentina, on July 2, 2019.

Hurricane Barry batters Louisiana

People sit on a park bench along Lakeshore Drive on the shore of Lake Pontchartrain after Hurricane Barry flooded the area on July 13, 2019, in Mandeville, Louisiana. The storm, which made landfall as a Category 1 hurricane, caused far less damage and flooding than had been predicted.

Canary Islands wildfires

Residents observe smoke billowing from a forest fire raging near Montana Alta on the island of Gran Canaria on Aug. 18, 2019. Authorities on the Spanish island of Gran Canaria evacuated residents as a forest fire broke out just days after another blaze raged in the same area. The fires raged out of control due to a heatwave on the island.

Canary Islands wildfires

The trees above the road of the forested peaks of Valleseco are engulfed in flames during the new forest fire that broke out just days after another blaze raged in the same area, in the Grand Canary Island of Spain on Aug. 17, 2019.

Indian floods

Onlookers and residents take photos of a car washed away by flash floods following heavy overnight rains in Pune, India, on Sept. 26, 2019.

Indian floods

Passengers walk on waterlogged rail tracks at Ernakulam Junction station in Kochi in the southwestern Indian state of Kerala on Oct. 21, 2019.

Amazon rainforest wildfires

Smoke rises from forest fires in Altamira, Brazil in the Amazon basin on Aug. 27, 2019.

Hurricane Dorian strikes the Bahamas

A view of Marsh Harbour in the aftermath of Hurricane Dorian on Sept. 10, 2019, in Grand Bahama, Bahamas.

Typhoon Hagibis

People walk past buildings that were destroyed by Typhoon Hagibis on Oct. 15, 2019, in Hoyasu near Nagano, Japan. Japan mobilized over 100,000 rescue workers after Typhoon Hagibis, the most powerful storm in decades, swept across the country, killing 66 people and leaving thousands injured and homeless.

Typhoon Kammuri

Residents collect wood for home use on a flooded rice field hit by Typhoon Kammuri in Ilagan in the Philippines on Dec. 5, 2019.

Typhoon Kammuri

Residents walk on a rice field with washed-up debris caused by Typhoon Kammuri in Ilagan in the Philippines on Dec. 5, 2019.

Typhoon Kammuri

A house is seen next to a flooded rice field caused by Typhoon Kammuri in Ilagan in the Philippines on Dec. 5, 2019.

Kincade Fire in California

A structure continues to burn after the Kincade Fire moved through the area on Oct. 24, 2019, in Geyserville, California. Fueled by high winds, the Kincade Fire burned over 10,000 acres in a matter of hours and prompted evacuations in the Geyserville area.

Kincade Fire in California

A firefighter emerges from a thick cloud of smoke while battling the Kincade Fire along Chalk Hill Road in Healdsburg, California, on Oct. 27, 2019.  Powerful winds were fanning wildfires in northern California in "potentially historic fire" conditions, authorities said Oct. 27, as tens of thousands of people were ordered to evacuate and sweeping power cuts began.

Kincade Fire in California

A photographer takes photos amidst a shower of embers as wind and flames rip through the area during the Kincade fire near Geyserville, California, on Oct. 24, 2019.

Kincade Fire in California

A sculpture of a horse is seen in the foreground as a wind-driven fire burns a structure on a farm during the Kincade fire in Windsor, California, on Oct. 27, 2019. California's governor declared a state-wide emergency on Oct. 27 as a huge wind-fueled blaze forced evacuations and massive power blackouts, threatening towns in the famed Sonoma wine region.

Frozen Lake Michigan

Frank Lettiere and Jelena Miletic view Lake Michigan's frozen shoreline as temperatures dropped to minus 20 degrees F on Jan. 30, 2019, in Chicago. Frostbite warnings were issued for parts of the Midwest on Jan. 30, 2019, as temperatures colder than Antarctica grounded flights, forced schools and businesses to close and disrupted life for tens of millions.

Frozen Lake Michigan

Ice covers the Lake Michigan shoreline on Jan. 30, 2019, in Chicago. Businesses and schools closed, Amtrak suspended service into the city, more than a thousand flights were canceled and mail delivery was suspended as the city coped with record-setting low temperatures.

Snow at the Grand Canyon

An aerial picture taken on Jan. 3, 2019, shows the Grand Canyon covered with snow in Arizona.

Tornado in Kansas City, Missouri

Rain obscures the view of a tornado on May 28, 2019, in Lawrence, Kansas. The Midwest saw extensive severe weather in spring 2019 with widespread flooding and multiple tornadoes.

Typhoon Lekima hits China

Rescuers use a boat to evacuate trapped people in a flooded street caused by torrential rain from Typhoon Lekima on Aug. 11, 2019, in Linhai, in the Chinese province of Zhejiang. At least 28 people were killed after Lekima, the ninth typhoon of the year, made landfall.

Snow at Metlife Stadium

Green Bay Packers running back Aaron Jones makes a snow angel in the second half of Green Bay's game against the New York Giants at MetLife Stadium on Dec. 1, 2019, in East Rutherford, New Jersey. However, these weather conditions weren't even close to the extremes pro athletes have endured.

Winter storm in Washington, DC

A cross-country skier passes the U.S. Capitol on the National Mall on the 23rd day of a government shutdown during a winter storm Jan. 13, 2019, in Washington, D.C.

Fire sunset in Brazil

The sun sets behind burnt trees of the Amazon rainforest, south of Porto Velho, Brazil, on Aug. 27, 2019.

Flooding in India

Pigs and ducks take shelter from a flood in Assam, India, on July 18, 2019. The floodwaters and landslides caused by heavy monsoon rains caused deadly conditions across South Asia.

Flooding in Iowa

A vintage car sits in flood water on March 20, 2019, in Hamburg, Iowa. Several Midwest states battled some of the worst flooding in decades as rain and snowmelt from the recent "bomb cyclone" inundated rivers and streams.

Flood water encroaches on Gateway Arch

Floodwaters from a swollen Mississippi River take over the Gateway Arch grounds on June 7, 2019, in St Louis, Missouri. Places along the Mississippi River braced as it crested near record levels.

Rainbow in Zimbabwe

A rainbow emerges at the majestic Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe on Dec. 10, 2019. The Victoria Falls, a UNESCO world heritage site measuring 335 feet high and over a mile wide has recorded the lowest levels in recent times due to a severe drought.

Snow in Minnesota

Trees are covered in snow as a person walks by on Nov. 27, 2019, in Minneapolis, Minnesota. A blizzard hit the midwest, hampering holiday travelers across the region. Minnesota is one of the states that sees the most annual snowfall.

Lightning strike in Colombia

A lightning bolt strikes over the skyline in Cali, Colombia, during a thunderstorm on Nov. 8, 2019.

Flood in France

Following heavy rains that led to the flood of the Garonne river, a road sign is partially submerged in La Reole, France.

Sunrise in Germany

A magpie is pictured sitting in the branches of a tree at sunrise in Gaiberg near Heidelberg, southwestern Germany, on Dec. 11, 2019.

Fog in Ankara, Turkey

Pedestrians walk next to a road as heavy fog covers the city skyline.

Winter in Turkey

A general view of Cavustepe after heavy snowfall in Turkey's eastern Mus province on Dec. 13, 2019.

Heavy fog in China

An aerial view of Lingyun Pagoda in heavy fog at Duchang County on March 10, 2019, in Jiujiang, in the Chinese province of Jiangxi.

Fog in Turkey

A drone photo shows foggy hillsides at Duzce-Zonguldak Western Black Sea access highway in Duzce, Turkey, on Dec. 9, 2019.

Lightning strike at Colorado Rockies game

Lightning strikes behind Coors Field during a rain delay before a baseball game between the Cincinnati Reds and the Colorado Rockies on July 13, 2019, in Denver, Colorado.

Heavy winds in the United Kingdom

Waves crash against the harbor wall on Aug. 10, 2019, in Porthcawl, Wales. The Met Office issued a yellow weather warning for winds of up to 60 mph and thunderstorms for large parts of the U.K.

Fog in Chaozhou, China

Buildings are seen in heavy fog at Guangji Bridge on March 21, 2019, in Chaozhou, in the Chinese province of Guangdong.

Frozen lake in Shenyang, China

A winter swimmer swims in a pool carved out of a frozen lake at Beiling Park in 14-degree F air temperature on Jan. 11, 2019, in Shenyang, in the Chinese province of Liaoning.

Drought in France

A fishbone lies on a dry part of the bed of the River Loire at Montjean-sur-Loire, in western France on July 24, 2019, as drought conditions prevail over much of western Europe. 

Flood in Indonesia

Residents commute along a flooded road in Bandung, in the Indonesian province of West Java on March 7, 2019. Some 6,000 houses were flooded from the overflowing Citarum River due to heavy rain in the area.

Lightning strike in Kuwait City

Lightning strikes the Liberation Tower in Kuwait City during a thunderstorm on April 5, 2019.

Ice in Beijing

People enjoy riding on the frozen Kunming Lake at the Summer Palace on Jan. 13, 2019, in Beijing, China.

German sunrise