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The sky in its many moods, tornadoes, hurricanes, and storms at sea have inspired artists since time immemorial. Many of the images below were found in Nineteenth Century and early Twentieth Century popular meteorological works that were produced before the advent of easily operated and transported cameras. These images both instructed the curious layman and inspired generations of budding meteorologists. Step into an earlier era to learn of the terrors and delights of our atmosphere.

To view more of these works, visit NOAA's Photo Library, Historical Weather Service Collection.

cloud image
cloud illustration
storm illustration
illustration of german aircraft and clouds
tornado  illustration
tornado illustration
tornado illustration
waterspout and ship
storm illustration
illustration of ship struck by lightning
sailing ship in storm
illustration of a hurricane
illustration of hurricane storm surge
storm illustration

Publication of the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), NOAA Central Library.

Last Updated: June 8, 2006 9:24 AM

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