20 Dramatic Weather Photos That Make You Wonder Why We Use It For Small Talk

Published January 1, 2015
Updated January 30, 2018

Weather is so much a part of our lives that we usually take it for granted. Talking about the weather is the textbook example of meaningless small talk, something we do when discussing substantive issues would make everybody feel awkward and uncomfortable. In general, weather is a nice, safe topic that doesn’t get anybody all worked up or end with people slamming doors and calling each other misogynists.

Some weather, however, is so dramatic that it demands to be the center of attention. Talking about the tornado that just destroyed your house, for example, isn’t the kind of chatter one uses to break the ice at parties, though it would probably do the trick. Here are 20 of Earth’s most dramatic weather formations that you can talk about at your next cocktail party, if those are still a thing people do.

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20 Dramatic Weather Photos That Make You Wonder Why We Use It For Small Talk
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Richard Stockton
Richard Stockton is a freelance science and technology writer from Sacramento, California.