2014 Review: The most spectacular weather photos of the year

January 6, 2014: Ice builds up along Lake Michigan at North Avenue Beach in Chicago, Illinois, as a polar vortex resulted in the coldest temperatures in decades(Scott Olson/Getty Images)
January 8, 2014: The US side of Niagara Falls is partially frozen as the so-called polar vortex tightened its grip on North America, breaking low temperature records(Aaron Harris/Reuters)
January 16, 2014: Bolts of lightning play around the statue of Christ the Redeemer on top of Corcovado hill in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil(Yasuyoshi Chiba/AFP)
February 1, 2014: A giant cloud of hot volcanic ash engulfs villages in Karo district during the eruption of Mount Sinabung volcano, located on Indonesia's Sumatra island(Sutanta Aditya/AFP)
February 3, 2014: A man with a shovel looks at a car completely encased in ice in Postojna, Slovenia(Srdjan Zivulovic/Reuters)
February 10, 2014: Workers build flood defences around a house in the flooded village of Moorland near Bridgwater on the Somerset Levels(Matt Cardy/Getty Images)
February 16, 2014: Houses in Staines-upon-Thames are inundated with flood water after the River Thames burst its banks(Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)
March 5, 2014: A large dark storm cloud covers the Sydney central business district(Cassie Trotter/Getty Images)
April 3, 2014: People walk underneath flowering cherry trees on a street in Bonn, Germany(Rolf Vennenbernd/AFP)
April 12, 2014: An enormous fire rages through the Chilean city of Valparaiso, destroying at least 2,500 homes, and leaving 11,000 people homeless(Alberto Miranda/AFP)
April 28, 2014: A US flag sticks out the window of a damaged hot rod car after a severe tornado destroyed much of the town of Vilonia in Arkansas(Carlo Allegri/Reuters)
May 3, 2014: People visit "The Gateway to Hell" – a huge burning gas crater in Turkmenistan's Karakum desert. In 1971 Soviet scientists drilled into an underground cavern and a deep sinkhole formed. Fearing that the crater would emit poisonous gases, they set it alight, thinking that the gas would burn out quickly. But the flames have not gone out in more than 40 years(Igor Sasin/AFP)
May 19, 2014: An aerial view shows the flooded town of Obrenovac in northern Serbia during the worst floods in more than a century(Alexa Stankovic/AFP)
July 2, 2014: Lightning strikes One World Trade Center in Manhattan as the sun sets behind the city after a summer storm(Lucas Jackson/Reuters)
July 8, 2014: European Space Agency astronaut Alexander Gerst took this photo of Super Typhoon Neoguri from the International Space Station. "I have never seen anything like it," he marvelled, "Watch out Japan!"(Alexander Gerst/ESA/Nasa)
July 12, 2014: The Supermoon rises over houses in Olvera, in the southern Spanish province of Cadiz. Occurring when a full moon coincides with the closest approach the moon makes to the Earth, the Supermoon results in a larger-than-usual appearance(Jon Nazca/Reuters)
August 13, 2014: Visitors run away as waves caused by a tidal bore surge past a barrier on the banks of Qiantang River, in Hangzhou, Zhejiang province, China(Reuters)
August 29, 2014: The Northern Lights are captured in this photo taken by European Space Agency astronaut Alexander Gerst on the International Space Station(Alexander Gerst/ESA/Nasa)
September 11, 2014: Pigs are seen trapped in a partially submerged pig pen after heavy rainfall hit Youyang county of Chongqing municipality, China(Reuters)
September 14, 2014: A plane flies over the Bardarbunga volcano in southeast Iceland as it spews lava and smoke(Bernard Meric/AFP)
September 17, 2014: A firefighter battling the King Fire sprays water on a backfire in Fresh Pond, California(Noah Berger/Reuters)
September 23, 2014: A Virginia Creeper covering a 15th-century cottage housing a tearoom turns copper red as Autumn arrives in Llanrwst, North Wales(Rebecca Naden/Reuters)
September 28, 2014: Japanese soldiers and firefighters conduct rescue operations at mountain lodges covered with volcanic ash, on Mt Ontake(Kyodo/Reuters)
September 30, 2014: The Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights) shimmer in the sky over a mountain camp near the Norwegian village of Mestervik, north of the Arctic Circle(Yannis Behrakis/Reuters)
October 8, 2014: Mount Sinabung volcano erupts, as seen from Tiga Pancur village, Karo Regency in Indonesia's North Sumatra province(YT Haryono/Reuters)
October 8, 2014: Active regions on the sun combine to look like the carved face of a Jack O'Lantern, as Halloween approaches(Nasa/Reuters)
November 10, 2014: A rainbow arches over Tower Bridge, with one end seemingly in the Tower of London(Paul Gilham/Getty Images)
November 18, 2014: Storm clouds heap snow on Lake Erie in Buffalo, New York, where an autumn blizzard dumped a year's worth of snow in three days(Lindsay DeDario/Reuters)
December 3, 2014: A bench is covered in ice on Buda Hills in Budapest, as freezing rain blanketed the area(Bernadett Szabo/Reuters)
December 12, 2014: Homes are covered with rocks and mud after a powerful storm lashed Camarillo in California(David McNew/Getty Images)
November 9, 2014: A member of an expedition group stands on the edge of a newly formed crater on the Yamal Peninsula, northern Siberia. Scientists have not come to a consensus about the origin of the huge crater yet(Vladimir Pushkarev/Russian Centre of Arctic Exploration/Reuters)

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