El Cerrito, California, USA
A cloud casts a shadow onto the underside of an altocumulus cloud during sunset in Albany, California.
Grayslake, IL, USA
An arc cloud with rain shaft under a supercell, photographed in Beaumont Kansas.
Loveland, Colorado, USA
An iridescent lenticular (i.e., mountain wave) cloud photographed in Loveland, Colorado.
Roseville, California, USA
An iridescent crepuscular ray in mist in Downieville, California.
Okemos, Michigan, USA
Sundogs, a sun pillar, and a 22° halo.
Louisville, Colorado, USA
Hoarfrost on grass.
Boulder, Colorado, USA
Blazing underlit clouds and fog at sunrise give the appearance of a wildfire in Boulder County, Colorado.
Santa Rita, Guam
An optical illusion created by a cirrus cloud and a cumulus cloud, photographed in Guam.
Topeka, Kansas, USA
A tornado rope-out photographed in Rozel, Kansas.
Nathan Gates, Longwood, Florida, USA
A far ranging lightning strike photographed in Longwood, Florida.
Paul Dawson, Boise, Idaho, USA
Brilliant Diamond dust sundogs with a rare (and still unexplained) Moilanen arc halfway between the sun and the top of the 22° halo in Boise, Idaho.
Photo Contest Judges
Bob Ryan has been a research and broadcast meteorologist in a career that spans almost 50 years. He is also a past-president of the American Meteorological Society and continues to be involved in programs for more effective communication of weather, climate, and environmental information. He is an Executive Editor of Weatherwise magazine.
Doyle Rice is the USA TODAY weather editor and reporter. He has been with USA TODAY since 2004. For seven years prior to working at USA TODAY, he was the managing editor of Weatherwise magazine.
Stanley David Gedzelman is a retired Professor of Atmospheric Sciences at the City College of New York and a long-time contributor and Executive Editor of Weatherwise magazine.