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Historic photos from the National Weather Service (GALLERY)

May 18, 2011 - 06:00 AM
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Frozen cattle, dueling waterspouts and plastic records driven into telephone poles: Wild photographs from the past couple centuries of American weather.

A furniture warehouse lays in shambles in St. Louis after a major tornado ripped through town, killing more than 300 people, damaging nearly 9,000 buildings, sinking steamboats, etc. It was the deadliest storm to ever hit the city.19 Photos
(Photo: Photographic Views of the Great Cyclone at St. Louis, May 27, 1896./NOAA's National Weather Service Collection)

To celebrate TBD Photo Day (death to words!), here is a gallery of some of the best photographs and images from the collection of the National Weather Service. Inside: the first known photo of a twister, a massive waterspout crosses paths with a WWII convoy, a terrible lightning storm in Boston, objects driven through other objects by the deadliest tornado in U.S. history, and more. Enjoy!

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