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The Best Weather Porn In The Bureau Of Meteorology's 2017 Calendar

Rainbows, lightning strikes and a lot of pretty skies.

02/11/2016 9:12 AM AEDT | Updated 02/11/2016 4:13 PM AEDT
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BOM / Helen Day
It was worth waiting in the night to get this cracker shot.

True weather lovers will brave pelting hail, massive storms and chilly sunrises to get the ultimate photo.

For these hardy souls, being included in the Bureau of Meteorology's annual calendar of photos is the ultimate compliment.

For Helen Day, who took the phenomenal lightning image above, it meant spending most of the night out waiting for something to happen.

"I sat in the dark for two hours on a very hot night waiting for this bolt," Day said.

"I could hear kangaroos hopping past in the dark but was wondering whether the odd snake may have been slithering past as well. It was hot enough for snakes to be active.

"When the strike finally did come, it knocked me off my feet -- and then the rain came. I think it was all worth it."

These are the 'winners' of the 2017 calendar.

  • January
    Chris Tangey, Alice Springs Film & Television
    Hail in the Ilparpa Claypans, Northern Territory.
  • February
    David Jaensch
    Cumulonimbus over Port Lincoln, South Australia.
  • March
    Lydia Jean Dobromilsky

    Aurora australis viewed from Mawson Station, Antarctica.

  • April
    Pamela Pauline
    Gust front approaching Mona Vale, New South Wales.
  • May
    Mario Mirabile

    Ice on the shore of Lake Guy, northeastern Victoria.

  • June
    John Baxter

    Gravity wave clouds east of Barrow Island, Western Australia.

  • July
    Rob Embury, Pale Blue Dot Photography

    Lenticular clouds over Mt Lidgbird and Mt Gower, Lord Howe Island.

  • August
    Flavia Jager Williams
    Rainbow near Binda, New South Wales.
  • September
    Kylie Gee, Indigo Storm Photography
    Moon halo over Bencubbin, Western Australia.
  • October
    Seenivasan Kumaravel
    Canberra in fog from Mount Ainslie, Australian Capital Territory.
  • November
    Helen Day

    Lightning strike near Longreach, Queensland.

  • December
    Leanne Osmond
    Frosted spiderweb in St Marys, Tasmania.

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This story has been updated to correct a typo.

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