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Mother Nature puts on a show, coast to coast

Mother Nature puts on a show, coast to coast
Photo of natural ice sculpture from YouNews contributor andersonrose1

It doesn't matter which corner of the nation you live in, you can always find some beauty in weather.

We begin with the photo above, taken by YouNews contributor andersonrose1 from Lake Stevens, posted on Saturday morning.

How does this do that? It's no Photoshop trick!

The surface of the of water freezes first, sealing in the water below. As that water begins to freeze, it expands, creating higher pressure under the ice lid. Eventually, the pressure will either cause a small crack or opening in the ice where water will start to dribble out -- sort of like squeezing a tube of toothpaste.

However, as that water squeezes out to the surface, it too freezes. The pattern repeats and creates this sort of random sculpture. Here are other formations that have formed over the years

How about something a bit warmer? Briana Matherson tweeted this photo of shelf cloud from Panama City, Florida on Friday.



The shelf clouds are common in strong thunderstorms when you get a gust of wind expanding out from the storm's downdraft. The wind can push some warm, humid air ahead and create its own line of clouds -- sort of like a mini cold front right along the base of the clouds.

Not to be outdone, KOMO News photographer Eric Jensen found these mammatus clouds -- also associated with strong rain or thunderstorms. This was taken recently near Roslyn, Washington



These bumpy clouds are indicative of severe turbulence in the storm.