The weather is notoriously unpredictable. A well-dressed weatherman smiles brightly through your television on Monday morning, promising you a sunny day, only to be caught in a hailstorm and late for work in a dented car.
The weather can also be extremely dangerous. Tornadoes, hurricanes and blizzards, to name just a few, wreak havoc around the world every year, leaving death and destruction in their wake.
Below is a list of some of the most terrifying weather events on Earth that have been captured on camera or painted for posterity and served as a constant warning to seek shelter early.
The peace was violently disturbed on Big Island in 2018 when the Kilauea volcano erupted in spectacular fashion in May, destroying homes as it spewed huge molten rocks. 2000 people were evacuated and by 27 May 24 fissures had erupted lava.
As if that alone wasn’t scary enough, the lava fountains which had begun fluctuating as high as 230 feet, gave rise to a so-called volcanic tornado. This tornado was ‘born’ after the intense heat caused the air to rise rapidly and form a vortex. Volcanic tornadoes can pick up pieces of lava and fling it about, causing even more destruction.
In 2014, volcanic tornadoes swirled above the lava of Iceland’s Holuhraun eruption in a cloud of poisonous sulfur dioxide gas. Despite the dangerous conditions posed by these tornadoes, scientists and journalists alike had to be sternly persuaded by police officials to leave the lava field.