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Snowstorms to Hurricanes: The Best Storm Photographs of 2011

Updated on December 21, 2014

Beachfront Property

This is one of the best photos i took during Tropical Storm Irene's landfall in southern ct August 2011
This is one of the best photos i took during Tropical Storm Irene's landfall in southern ct August 2011 | Source

2011 has been one stormy year! From coast to coast the United States has seen bizarre and extreme weather. From tornado outbreaks, to record snow, hurricanes, flooding and drought, it seems everything has happened this year. (read more about the national extreme weather of 2011 here: Top Ten weather Events of 2011 & here: Top Ten Weather Events of 2011: Tornadoes) Where I live in Southern Connecticut, we were not spared. In fact we have seen bizarre weather, in many cases extreme weather, spread out through the entire year. From record snowfall and snow cover in January, an ice storm in February, a Tropical storm in August, flooding rains in September and even a historic snowstorm in October! Many of these events have been 25, 50 and 100 year storms! Luckily I have been able to capture some of the crazy weather on film. Below are a number of storm related photographs I took this year. I have been able to document all the winter storms from the beginning of the year, as well as, more recently in October. I was very lucky to be able to get outside to take photographs of Tropical Storm Irene passing Southern Connecticut at high tide on August 28, 2011. I have also been lucky to catch some cool cloud formations following thunderstorms while also just capturing some calm weather photographs. All the photographs on this hub were taken with a Cannon DSLR camera.

The First photograph to the right, titled Beachfront Property, is from August when Tropical Storm Irene passed to the west of southern Connecticut. The coastal flooding and waves were huge for the normally placid Long Island Sound and as you can see in the photo, the waves crashed as high as the top of some houses. I love this photograph because of how i captured the waves splashing up mirroring the house, which is all boarded up. It was a wild day and I took copious amounts of photographs, all of which you can find on some of my other hubs! (check the links section at the bottom of the page for more Irene photos)

digging out the mailbox

snow from January 2011
snow from January 2011 | Source

The above photography, Digging out the Mailbox, was taken the morning of January 27, 2011. In the early morning hours of that day parts of Southern Connecticut received 15-20 inches of snow in a matter of 4 hours or so! The snow rate was absolutely amazing, add in the fact that their was already close to two feet of snow on the ground and the resulting scene that you witnessed walking out the door was crazy! I like this photo because the mailbox is almost buried and this is before the snowplow came by! It gives you a good sense of how deep the snow is, a feeling of being buried in, which many were, especially with the front door to my house in the background.

Backside of a Summer Thunderstorm

the backside of a thunderstorm in early August 2011
the backside of a thunderstorm in early August 2011 | Source

The photograph above, The Backside of a Summer Thunderstorm, was taken in the heart of summer (early August) after a storm had moved through. The storms moved out before the sun set, so the backside of the storms were fully illuminated giving amazing sky shots like the one above.

Frozen World

ice Storm from February 2011
ice Storm from February 2011 | Source
close up of the ice accumulating on a tree branch
close up of the ice accumulating on a tree branch | Source

The photograph above, Frozen World, was taken on February 3, 2011, a day after an ice storm. What was amazing about this storm was that all the ice stuck around for days. As you can see the next day was beautiful with bountiful sunshine! This abundant sunshine caused everything to shimmer, it was truly a winter wonderland!

Birds on the Beach

late afternoon looking at the frozen beach in front of Long Island Sound in early February 2011.
late afternoon looking at the frozen beach in front of Long Island Sound in early February 2011. | Source

Birds on the Beach, the photograph above was taken as the weather settled down in February, however the crazy winter weather of January was still around. This photo is actually of the beach, which looks more like an icy tundra! This didn't stop the birds from catching a few rays though, add in the setting sun behind me and you have beautiful sky meeting the icy cold blues of the beach!

Summer Morning at the beach

clear weather at the beaches in Maryland July 2011, there was some nice weather this year!
clear weather at the beaches in Maryland July 2011, there was some nice weather this year! | Source

Summer Morning at the Beach, photograph above, isn't a storm photo but I thought it was important to throw in one photo of nice weather! Just because with all the extreme weather it was nice to experience some good weather every once in a while. Also this proves that the whole year wasn't just bad weather! This photo is the only one not from Connecticut, this is a photo I took in Ocean City, Maryland in Late July 2011. A perfect beach morning with clear skies, calm water, and a clean beach. It's a great photo to look at in the heart of winter!

Storm Surge Irene

storm surge from tropical Irene in August 2011 in Southern Connecticut
storm surge from tropical Irene in August 2011 in Southern Connecticut | Source

Back to more storm photos, here is a photograph Storm Surge Irene, which as the title suggest shows the storm surge from Tropical Storm Irene in Connecticut. This is just one photograph of many that I took of the storm surge.

Late September High Tide

waves crashing on a rock in Long Island sound on a late September day in 2011.
waves crashing on a rock in Long Island sound on a late September day in 2011. | Source

The final photograph titled, Late September High Tide, is showing the choppy waters of Long Island Sound. The choppy waters and that day's flooding high tide resulted from the constant onshore wind that we occasionally get. This east wind tends to pile up the water into Long Island Sound. I was lucky to get a small wave crashing against this rock, which turns into an island at high tide.

Hurricane Irene video 8/28/11

Video too!

In addition to the numerous photographs I took of the dangerous and extreme weather in 2011 I also did take a short video clip on one of my cameras. To the right is a short video, only about 25 seconds long that was taken along the shoreline in Milford, CT as Irene passed to the west of the location at High tide! It may not look impressive to other videos of storms hitting other beaches but Long Island Sound is protected from the giant waves of the Atlantic and usually has waves of a few inches if anything! In this video the waves are almost to the road, which is the high tide line. There is also supposed to be a 20 foot wide beach between the road and the water, yet there is none. In the video it may be annoying but you can hear the strong winds we were still experiencing at the time. Hope you enjoy!

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      Janis Leslie Evans 

      5 years ago from Washington, DC

      Loved these photos, BWD316. I recall Irene well when she became a tropical storm by the time she hit Washington, DC. I was inspired to write about her, too. Voted up and interesting.

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      Brian Dooling 

      7 years ago from Connecticut

      thanks weezyschannel! and yes i took all the photos, i got a cannon dslr camera as a gift right before all this crazy weather started up so it worked out pretty good! lol thanks for the comment!

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      7 years ago from Central USA

      Wow, just saw your photos and it says you took them? wow..amazing pics and great camera I must say. Great information

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      Brian Dooling 

      7 years ago from Connecticut

      Greensleeves we sure do have a large spectrum of weather and it can get crazy like this past year was but where I live I consider myself lucky to experience all four seasons! Thanks for the comment and vote!

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      Greensleeves Hubs 

      7 years ago from Essex, UK

      Interesting series of photographs Brian - I guess America, as well as having one of the most diverse ranges of landscapes in the world, must also have one of the most diverse ranges of climates in the world - hurricanes, tornadoes, extreme heat and aridity in the desert, extensive flooding elsewhere, and massive snow falls.

      And speaking of massive snowfalls, I voted for 'Digging out the Mailbox', for the perspective from which the photo was taken, which really emphasises the depth of snow.

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      Brian Dooling 

      7 years ago from Connecticut

      sorry i fell behind on reading comments lately!

      I'm glad you enjoyed it ltterme!

      Thanks Shea Duane!

      Thanks Kesinee, yes the weather has been pretty weird this year, increased rainfall and snowfall could be related to global warming and climate change but we'll have to wait to see if any patterns emerge, like is this the new normal!

      Thanks CassyLu1981!

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      7 years ago from Spring Lake, NC

      Excellent photos! Glad y'all survived all that mother nature had to throw at you this year! Hopefully next year won't be so crazy! Thanks for sharing!

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      Sranunta Lamduan 

      7 years ago from Bangkok, Thailand

      It's very interesting hub as nowadays we are more concern about the global warming and unpredictable of the whether. Your hub can build awareness of the global warming very well. Vote up!! /Kesinee

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      shea duane 

      7 years ago from new jersey

      All I can say is WOW. Beautiful!

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      7 years ago

      Great work Brian.You've nicely knitted the story.I just wondered how it would have been,at the time of capturing these images, with all those chaos shadowing the mind, brought by these adverse weather conditions.Enjoyed reading!

    • BWD316 profile imageAUTHOR

      Brian Dooling 

      7 years ago from Connecticut

      Thanks MsDora!

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      Dora Weithers 

      7 years ago from The Caribbean

      The pictures are all awesome, but I can feel the force of the thunderstorm. Great hub!

    • BWD316 profile imageAUTHOR

      Brian Dooling 

      7 years ago from Connecticut

      Thanks davemidtown for the comment and encouragement!

      I'm glad you enjoyed them phoenixarizona, I'm lucky i live in an area that gets all four season, for the most part! Last winter was pretty impressive and we usually don't get ice storms as bad as the one on Groundhog's Day this year. Thanks for the comment!

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      7 years ago from Australia

      This was gorgeous. I especially enjoyed "frozen world". It doesn't snow in Australia, with the exception of a rare few mountain tops, it was so nice to see snow and ice clinging on like that.

      I thoroughly enjoyed this hub and wish you all the best for the contest.



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      David Stillwell 

      7 years ago from Sacramento, California

      brian: A great set of photographs and I enjoyed the dialog too. I encourage you to keep writing and taking pictures.


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