These satellite images from the Met Office give a stunning new perspective on 2016's weather

These satellite images from the Met Office give a stunning new perspective on 2016's weather

The Met Office has released a selection of its best satellite images from 2016.

The stunning images give a bird’s-eye view – if birds could fly 700km up – of the world’s amazing weather.

February 3 – The Aurora from above

The Aurora Borealis is caused by electrically-charged particles from the sun drawn to the Earth’s poles colliding with gases in the atmosphere.

Also called the Northern Lights, they lit up northern skies last February. The lights of Europe’s cities can also be seen sparkling in the image.

March 14 – Clear skies unveil the UK

Seeing cloudless skies across the UK is a rare thing, but this picture captured it.

Without the insulation of cloud cover, it was probably a cold one though.

March 23 – Saharan winds

Large storms can pick up sand and dust from the Sahara Desert and move it across the Mediterranean – as we can see in this shot.

July 7 – The Nepartak typhoon

The sheer size of this monstrous typhoon can be seen in this image.

Typhoons are tropical cyclones native to the western part of the North Pacific Ocean – where cyclones are most commonly found.

August 10 – Fires in Madeira

The fires in this Portuguese island devastated homes and even claimed some lives. The size of the fires can be imagined from the vast amount of smoke captured in these Met Office images.

October 6 – Hurricane Matthew

Hurricane Matthew struck the United States and the Bahamas with huge force, causing major destruction.

November 20 – Storm Angus over Britain

This storm ravaged large parts of the UK, causing flooding and cutting power supplies to thousands of homes.

Angus was the first named storm of the season, and we hope there’s not too many more to come.

If you’d like to know for sure though, keep an eye on the Met Office Twitter page.