RMetS Weather Photographer of the Year Finalists


The scenes look like something straight out of 2012 Where The Sorcerer’s Apprentice. Frost invades a window, lightning, extreme dryness. The Royal Meteorological Society (RMetS) has selected the finalists for its Photographer of the Year awards, and voting is now open to the public. The winners are announced on September 21 and they, along with the finalists, will be featured in the annual calendar available later in the year. Here are some of our favorite contenders.

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Storm departing over Bembridge Lifeboat Station, Jamie Russell

“Rainbows are optical phenomena that occur when sunlight shines through raindrops. Light is refracted as it enters the raindrop, then reflected off the back of the droplet, then refracted again as it exits and travels towards our eyes. This causes sunlight to split into different colors. The sun should be behind the viewer and low in the sky. The lower the sun is in the sky, the more the viewer will see a rainbow. » Jamie Russell

Jamie Russell was chasing storms across the Isle of Wright when he reached Bembridge and was rewarded with an exceptional rainbow, which he took drastic measures to photograph.

“In a panic, I waded through waist-deep water, fully clothed, just to compose this scene.”

highway to paradise

rmets Weather Photographer of the Year Črni Kal, Slovenia
“Fog is a low cloud that forms on the surface. Relative humidity is above 95% and visibility is reduced to less than 1,000 meters. Fog is caused by tiny water droplets suspended in the air, and there are different types of fog: radiation fog, valley fog, advection fog, hill fog, and fog fog. ‘evaporation. Sara Jazbar

This otherworldly scene, captured in Slovenia, is due to a temperature inversion that is causing fog to form on the surface of the water. It only happens a few times a year, and Sara Jazbar was there to get shot.

“The fog stopped below the bridge and lingered there, flowing, moving, as if alive,” says Jazbar.

The icy grip of winter

rmets Weather Photographer of the Year Kurravaara, Kiruna, Sweden
“Very small imperfections such as scratches, dust and salt specks, or windshield washer fluid residue are what cause beautiful leaf-like frost patterns to form on windows. These surface variations affect the way ice crystals form and branch, forming beautiful patterns, as seen in this photo. Felipe Martin Menzella

From Sweden’s northernmost town, Kurravaara, Kiruna, Felipe Martin Menzella, RMetS Weather Photographer of the Year, documented the chilling beauty of an icy window.

Scottish mist

rmets Weather Photographer of the Year Tarbet, Loch Lomond, Scotland
“Mist, like fog, is a low cloud or small droplets of water suspended in the air near the ground. The relative humidity in mist and fog is above 95%, but the difference between Both phenomena are entirely due to visibility. If you can see over 1000 meters it is called fog, but if it is thicker and the visibility drops below 1000 meters it is called fog. calls fog. vince campbell

In this image, we are not quite at Loch Ness, but rather at Loch Lomond, in the south of Scotland.

“The woods, the Alps, the loch and Ben Lomond were bathed in ‘Scottish mist’. This shot was taken just before the appearance of the sun,” notes photographer Vince Campbell.

Harvesting water lilies

rmets weather photographer of the year Barrackpore, West Bengal, India harvesting water lilies
“A monsoon is a seasonal change in the direction of a region’s prevailing winds, bringing a marked difference in rainfall. Monsoons lead to distinct wet and dry seasons in many parts of the tropics and often occur in and around the Indian Ocean.They are driven by a strong temperature difference between the land and the sea, in effect like a large-scale sea breeze. Shibasish Saha

The monsoon season means it’s time to harvest the water lilies to sell in local markets. RMetS Weather Photographer of the Year finalist Shibasish Saha takes us to Barrackpore, West Bengal, India with a drone to capture a unique perspective on the process.

wet dam

Weather rmet Photographer of the Year Wet Sleddale Reservoir, Shap, Cumbria
“Storm Dennis affected the UK on February 15 and 16, 2020 bringing high rainfall and causing flooding in parts of South Wales and England. Strong winds were also associated with the storm, with Aberdaron in North West Wales recording a wind gust of 91mph. ©Andrew McCaren

“Wet Sleddale [reservoir] more often than not there is no overflow, but when it does, it’s an incredible site and the noise is deafening,” notes Andrew McCaren. The spill was the result of heavy rain and although the subject was happily decked out in a rainbow umbrella and an electric green raincoat, we’re guessing that’s not what Gene Kelly had in mind to sing. a bit in the rain.

In search of water

rmets Weather Photographer of the Year Purulia, India
“Extreme heat spells in India can cause rivers and ponds to dry up completely, leaving humans and animals struggling to find water.” Barun Rajgaria

The cracked earth only underlines the feeling of desperation in the search for water, two woefully empty pots. Barun Rajgaria says that during a “drought, the women and children of the village [in Purulia, West Bengal] You have to make deep pits in the dry river, in which the frozen water quenches the thirst of the people here.

rain bubble

rmets Weather Photographer of the Year Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
“Raindrops are usually depicted as a teardrop, but in reality they look like candy. When raindrops first form high in the atmosphere, they are spherical in shape. as the drops begin to fall, their shape changes as air resistance causes the bottom edge to flatten and curve, resembling a candy.Rain bubbles form when the raindrop traps gas as it falls to the surface, and there is enough liquid surface tension to trap the gas as a bubble. Betel Tibebu

Unlike the previous entry, the image of Betel Tibebu is an abundance of water. Addis Ababa, Ethiopia experienced flooding after heavy rains. Bubbles form when a drop of rain hits the surface, trapping air.

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