Weather as art (and science): 6th Annual AOSS Photo Contest results

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    Ice crystals forest. Lake Mendota. 11 January 2016. Photographer: Ilya Razenkov.

    First Place

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    Rainbow. Rocky Mountain National Park. July2015. Photographer: Dave Stettner.

    Second Place

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    Moonbow. Lower Yosemite Falls, Yosemite National Park. 1 June 2015. Photographer: Paolo Veglio.

    Third Place

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    Pressure ridge, with Mt. Erebus in background. Ross Island, Antarctica. 24 November 2015. Photographer: Ilya Razenkov.

    Honorable Mention

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    Oxarafoss waterfall after fresh snowfall. Zingvellir, Iceland. 27 March 2015. Photographer: Dan DeSlover.

    Honorable Mention

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    GOES antenna, holiday lights, and Jarek Sromovky. Madison, Wisconsin. 3 November 2015. Photographer: Bob Aune.

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    Chicago and Lake Michigan from the air. 16 October 2015. Photographer: Sam Batzli.

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    Clouds over Lake Michigan from the air. 16 October 2015. Photographer: Sam Batzli.

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    Dramatic storm clouds at sunset. Montana. Photographer: Bill Bellon.

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    Snow on the Yahara River after freezing rain. Wisconsin. Photographer: Bill Bellon.

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    Wave clouds. Stoughton, Wisconsin. Photographer: Bill Bellon.

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    Northern lights. Kalfafell, Iceland. 22 March 2015. Photographer: Dan DeSlover.

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    Yellowstone cold. Yellowstone National Park. March 2015. Photographer: Ed Eloranta.

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    Geyser sunburst. Yellowstone National Park. March 2015. Photographer: Ed Eloranta.

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    Yellowstone. Yellowstone National Park. March 2015. Photographer: Ed Elorana.

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    Glacial Upper Grinnell Lake. Glacier National Park, Montana. 30 July 2015. Photographer: Kyle Griffin.

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    Strong aurora borealis. West of Waunakee, Wisconsin. 17 March 2015. Photographer: Kyle Griffin.

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    Thunderstorm lit by the setting sun. McGaw Park, Fitchburg, Wisconsin. 3 September 2015. Photographer: Sarah Griffin.

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    Shelf cloud behind the Esplande Riel Footbridge. The Forks, Winnipeg, Canada. 7 June 2015. Photographer: Sarah Griffin.

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    Cloud streets over Indian Lake. Wisconsin. November 2015. Photographer: Paul Menzel.

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    Drizzle droplets on a window screen. Fitchburg, Wisconsin. 12 December 2015. Photographer: Grant Petty.

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    Altocumulus undulatus. Verona, Wisconsin. 28 November 2015. Photographer: Grant Petty.

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    Icicles. Lake Mendota, Frautschi Point. 3 January 2016. Photographer: Ilya Razenkov.

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    Rainy fall evening walk through Camp Randall. Madison, Wisconsin. 30 November 2015. Photographer: Hank Revercomb.

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    Ice patterns following first snowfall. Madison. Wisconsin. 28 November 2015. Photographer: Hank Revercomb.

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    Atmospheric refraction mirage. Lake Mendota. Madison Wisconsin. 22 November 2015. Photographer: Hank Revercomb.

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    Steam fog and hoar frost. Black Earth Creek, Dane County. February 2015. Photographer: Barry Roth.

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    Hoar frost. Black Earth Creek, Dane County. February 2015. Photographer: Barry Roth.

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    Sunset. Little Arbor Vitae Lake, Vilas County. June 2014. Photographer: Barry Roth.

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    Sunset. Theodore Roosevelt National Park. 15 September 2015. Photographer: Tim Schmit.

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    Reflection. Mirror Lake State Park, Wisconsin. 3 November 2015. Photographer: Tim Schmit.

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    Ice needles. Devil’s Lake State Park, Wisconsin. 20 December 2015. Photographer: Tim Schmit.

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    Glaze ice. Indiana. December 2015. Photographer: Sarah Witman.

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    Racing convection: SPARC in PECAN field campaign. Kansas. July 2015. Photographer: Sarah Witman.

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    West bluff reflecting on lake ice. Devil’s Lake State Park, Baraboo, Wisconsin. 5 January 2016. Photographer: Kevin Van Schoyck.

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    Upslope fog forming. East Bluff, Devil’s Lake State Park, Baraboo, Wisconsin. 21 December 2015. Photographer: Kevin Van Schoyck.

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    Steam fog and cold waters. Wisconsin River, Wisconsin Dells. 23 December 2015. Photographer: Kevin Van Schoyck.

It’s the simple things in nature… a forest of ice crystals on Lake Mendota, a rainbow at Rocky Mountain National Park, a rare moonbow at Lower Yosemite Falls. And yet when caught through the click of a camera, they become works of art.

For the sixth year in a row, staff and students in the Atmospheric, Oceanic, and Space Sciences (AOSS) building have sought to capture the beauty and natural forces of weather for the AOSS Photo Contest.

Administered by the Space Science and Engineering Center (SSEC), the contest invites weather photographers to submit photos representing a “weather event, anywhere in the world.” This year 37 photos were submitted by 20 individuals. These images take us across the country and around the globe, simultaneously showcasing each scene’s unique artistry and the allure of weather phenomena.

1st Place: Ice crystals forest. Photographer: Ilya Razenkov.
2nd Place: Rainbow. Photographer: Dave Stettner.
3rd Place: Moonbow. Photographer: Paolo Veglio.
Honorable Mention: Oxarafoss waterfall after snow. Photographer: Dan DeSlover.
Honorable Mention: Pressure ridge. Photographer: Ilya Razenkov.