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Amazing photographs depicting weather from around the globe have been plucked from Weather Photographer of the Year 2016. More than 800 photographs were submitted to the first Weather Photographer of the Year competition, with winners across various categories announced last weekend at the Royal Meteorological Society’s Amateur Meteorologists’ Conference in Reading. The shortlisted images show extreme weather such as lightning, plus the impact of weather on humans, cities and the natural landscape.

22° and 46° Sun Halos, Sun Dogs, Parhelic Circle, Upper Tangent Arc and Circum Zenithal Arc visible over Halley Research Station, Antarctica. (Royal Photographic Society/Michal Krzysztofowicz)

22° and 46° Sun Halos, Sun Dogs, Parhelic Circle, Upper Tangent Arc and Circum Zenithal Arc visible over Halley Research Station, Antarctica. (Royal Photographic Society/Michal Krzysztofowicz)

Waves engulfing Whitehaven harbor in Cumbria, UK. (Royal Photographic Society/Paul Kingston)

Waves engulfing Whitehaven harbor in Cumbria, UK. (Royal Photographic Society/Paul Kingston)

Supercell storm chase in Nebraska, US. (Royal Photographic Society/Stephen Lansdell)

Supercell storm chase in Nebraska, US. (Royal Photographic Society/Stephen Lansdell)

Storm clouds in the Midlands, near York, UK. (Royal Photographic Society/Kevin Pearson)

Storm clouds in the Midlands, near York, UK. (Royal Photographic Society/Kevin Pearson)

Polar stratospheric clouds that could destroy the ozone, taken with a compact digital camera. (Royal Photographic Society/Alan Tough)

Polar stratospheric clouds that could destroy the ozone, taken with a compact digital camera. (Royal Photographic Society/Alan Tough)

Overall winner -- Tornado in Colorado, US. (Royal Photographic Society/Tim Moxon)

Overall winner — Tornado in Colorado, US. (Royal Photographic Society/Tim Moxon)

Misty river at dawn, in Somerset, UK. (Royal Photographic Society/Kevin Pearson)

Misty river at dawn, in Somerset, UK. (Royal Photographic Society/Kevin Pearson)

Ice sculpture in Wales, UK. (Royal Photographic Society/Allan Macdougall)

Ice sculpture in Wales, UK. (Royal Photographic Society/Allan Macdougall)

Hills shrouded in closes in Carneddau, North Wales, UK. (Royal Photographic Society/Steve M. Smith)

Hills shrouded in closes in Carneddau, North Wales, UK. (Royal Photographic Society/Steve M. Smith)

Hailstorm and rainbow in Suffolk, UK. (Royal Photographic Society/James bailey)

Hailstorm and rainbow in Suffolk, UK. (Royal Photographic Society/James bailey)

Frosty morning in North Yorkshire, UK. (Royal Photographic Society/Paula Davies)

Frosty morning in North Yorkshire, UK. (Royal Photographic Society/Paula Davies)

Freezing fog and hoar frost taken in Suffolk, UK. (Royal Photographic Society/Andrew Bailey)

Freezing fog and hoar frost taken in Suffolk, UK. (Royal Photographic Society/Andrew Bailey)