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The Best Weather Photo Of The Year Was Taken At School

The youths are at it again - in a good way.

Emma Rose Karsten / Royal Meteorological Society

Every year, the Royal Meteorological Society, an institution that has been in existence since 1850 and is based in Oxford, The United Kingdom, awards photography awards to people who take truly awesome photos of weather events. As a long-standing and elite institution, they give out many awards, but the Young Weather Photographer of the Year contest is one that takes advantage of the awe-inspiring talent of teenagers but also shows off how truly bonkers our planet can be — and what amazing sights can be seen in the skies, in the mountains, and across the planet. This year’s photos were as cool as ever — but the Runner-Up, titled “Surf’s Up,” is our favorite.

The photo that won the Runner-Up position was taken by Emma Rose Karten, a high school senior at Lafayette High School in Wildwood, St. Louis, Missouri. Emma submitted the photo before her 18th birthday and it’s truly an awesome picture.

The story behind the photo? Emma was meeting a friend to have a socially-distanced hangout from their separate cars during major COVID restrictions in her home state. She said a “huge, awesome cloud” began rolling in over the school — so big she thought it was an actual wave of water. She took a photo of the wave, taking great care to ensure that the perspective showed how big the wave was in perspective to her high school, which was closed due to COVID.

Congratulations to the Young Weather Photographer of the Year 2020 runner up: 'Surf's Up' by Emma Rose KarstenThis…

Posted by Royal Meteorological Society on Saturday, October 17, 2020

The caption of the photo reads, “For a thunderstorm to form, three key ingredients are required: moisture, instability and a lifting mechanism. These often occur during the summer months in St Louis (US) when warm, humid air from the Gulf of Mexico spreads north to dominate the area. On average, St Louis experiences between 40 to 50 thunderstorms each year, a few of which produce large hail and damaging winds, classing them as severe.“