We humans like to think that we're in charge of the planet we live on. Without being able to collectively decide how it should be done, we're at the controls. But are we in control?

The scientific community is, in fact, converging on the idea that we have entered a new phase of Earth's history — one in which our activity has become a powerful agent of geological change, equal to the other great forces of nature that build mountains and shape continents and species. The proposed name for this emerging period is the "Anthropocene" or the age of humanity.

But nature doesn't care about that. It's not conceding anything and reminds us about its power whenever it has the chance. From droughts and wildfires to earthquakes and floods, it has plenty of tools to do so as well.

So we at Bored Panda decided to put together a list of pictures, showing just how chaotic our surroundings can get. Continue scrolling to check them out and upvote the most memorable ones!

#1

Heavy Rain Turns Stairway Into A Waterfall

Heavy Rain Turns Stairway Into A Waterfall

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#2

So There's Been A Bit Of Rain In Ireland Recently

So There's Been A Bit Of Rain In Ireland Recently

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To learn more about the weather, we contacted Bob McDavitt, a weather guru who uses //etBoB to provide weather information for cruising sailors, primarily for those in the South Pacific.

McDavitt was born in Marton, New Zealand, and was schooled in Wellington. He graduated with B.Sc (hons) degrees in Maths and Computer Science from Victoria University, and has been a meteorologist since 1975.

For twenty years, McDavitt was the MetService Weather Ambassador, and focused on promoting friendly relations with weather users. This involved communicating awareness about any incoming nasty weather, keeping an eye on the impact of the weather on the coming season and any special events, and arranging MetService promotions, displays, and exhibitions.

#3

This Tree Was Struck By Lightning 3 Hours Ago

This Tree Was Struck By Lightning 3 Hours Ago

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Antz Online
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2 months ago (edited) Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

The portal to the **upside down, "stranger things". Edit, thanks for the correction

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#4

Lightning Hit Sidewalk

Lightning Hit Sidewalk

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#5

Cedar Tree Explosion

Cedar Tree Explosion

A storm blew through central Kansas this evening and exploded this cedar tree near my house. Someone speculated it was a microburst. I just thought it was neat.

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"The meteorological way of making a weather prediction is based on the scientific method," McDavitt told Bored Panda.

"1) Data is gathered to measure what is happening now; 2) This data is turned into a grid of numbers; 3) Computer programs that mimic known physics extrapolate these numbers into a future state/time; 4)These numbers are then converted into text and graphics to send off to users who are warned when defined thresholds are exceeded," the weather guru explained.

#6

My Friend Was Flying Out Of Phoenix Last Night. He Just Missed The Dust Storm

My Friend Was Flying Out Of Phoenix Last Night. He Just Missed The Dust Storm

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#7

This Is The Road I'm Supposed To Drive On My Final Driving Test This Morning. Fog My Life

This Is The Road I'm Supposed To Drive On My Final Driving Test This Morning. Fog My Life

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#8

My Sister Rented A Flat Here In North Of Iceland For Christmas. This Is Her View

My Sister Rented A Flat Here In North Of Iceland For Christmas. This Is Her View

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Bubs623
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2 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I would be having a massive panic attack from feeling claustrophobic. Seriously- that photo makes my heart race. *shivers*

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#9

This Tree Collapsed In A Very Strange Way From The Weight Of The Snow

This Tree Collapsed In A Very Strange Way From The Weight Of The Snow

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Raine Soo
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2 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Oh, my God! The tree has been drawn and quartered!

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It is said that a five-day forecast can accurately predict the weather approximately 90 percent of the time, a seven-day forecast is right about 80 percent of the time, and a 10-day—or longer—forecast will live up to its words only about half the time.

Models have to use estimates and assumptions to predict the weather. But the atmosphere is constantly changing and those estimates are less reliable the further you get into the future.

"Weather is a mix of pattern and chaos," McDavitt pointed out. "We can only follow the pattern and attempt to work out the bounds of the chaos."

#10

Summers In England

Summers In England

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#11

Over 4 Meters (13 Ft.) Of Snow At Riksgränsen Skii Resort In Northen Sweden

Over 4 Meters (13 Ft.) Of Snow At Riksgränsen Skii Resort In Northen Sweden

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#12

The Sky In Murcia, Spain, Turned Orange Because Of Dust From The Sahara

The Sky In Murcia, Spain, Turned Orange Because Of Dust From The Sahara

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#13

When It's Your Stop And The Doors Open To This

When It's Your Stop And The Doors Open To This

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Alex Travous
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2 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I've post holed for a whole mile before. Definitely would just stay on the train at this point.

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#14

Hurricane Mattew Was A Sod Of A Beach In Daytona

Hurricane Mattew Was A Sod Of A Beach In Daytona

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#15

Welcome To Narnia: Two Days Of Gale Force Winds Along Lake Erie Have Iced Over Many Of The Homes Along The Beach In Hamburg, NY

Welcome To Narnia: Two Days Of Gale Force Winds Along Lake Erie Have Iced Over Many Of The Homes Along The Beach In Hamburg, NY

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#16

Dedication On Display For Buffalo Bills Fans

Dedication On Display For Buffalo Bills Fans

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#17

What Happens In Southern Utah After A Wind Storm

What Happens In Southern Utah After A Wind Storm

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#18

Hail Through Sunroof

Hail Through Sunroof

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#19

Went To Go See The Golden Gate Bridge

Went To Go See The Golden Gate Bridge

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E Menendez
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2 months ago (edited) Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

This is pretty common. I lived there for almost 13 years and I can tell you the fog doesn't burn off. And even if you are visiting in summer, bring layers because it gets cold. Can always tell the summer tourists - shorts with a SF novelty sweatshirt because they didn't bring the right clothes. And don't ever expect to go swimming without a wetsuit because it is so cold.

OmBoyGanesh
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2 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Shhh…the tourists don’t know our city is best in xxxxxmber & xxxxber. The summer is for Karl.

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tuzdayschild
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2 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

And the Golden Gate Bridge said peek-a-boo

American Panda
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2 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

When my best friend was living in San Fran, I was living in Maine. Before I went to visit her there for the first time, she told me to bring some warm layers because it gets cold. I responded with, “I live in Maine! You can’t tell me it gets cold in California!” Luckily I listened to her, though, because she was right. (And so is @E Menedez!)

Kim Kermes
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2 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Mark Twain said the coldest winter he ever spent was summer in San Francisco. I'm from Minnesota and I agree. My down jacket got used.

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Hill Branda
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2 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

This is how it usually looks.

LeeAnne B
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2 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Completely mist it though.

Ghostsauce
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2 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I see it, it's in the center of the picture!

Cecily Holland
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2 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

You can see it. Well a bit of it

BetterBitterButter
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2 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Well you can see the tip and can guess the rest. (I went on a trip to see one of the highest peaks in the world and all I could see was the clouds and fog so I get the feeling)

Jane W.
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2 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Yep, that's our bridge, all right. And narrow lanes with lots of traffic too.

Jude Laskowski
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2 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I've lived here for over 40 years, and this is a normal day.

Dorothy Reiser
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2 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

This was my view of the Golden Gate Bridge on our trip to SF. Bummer.

I'm Kid A
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2 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Well, I mean, you *technically* saw it... partially.

McMouse Condolences UK pandas
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2 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I see it. It's right there, in the middle. I'd love to live somewhere that the fog is this intense.

IV (he/they)
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2 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

this also looks just like that school hike. allllll the way to the top of that mountain to see... barely anything

Rcath
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2 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

SF summers don't actually happen until fall, when it warms up and there's no fog.

Jods
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2 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

A typical UK beach resort holiday. However, the next cove along will be bathed in bright sunshine but you won’t know this and spend a miserable day stuck in a sea fret.

JL
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2 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

You got to see some of it.

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#20

Lightning Strikes A Golf Practice Green In Iowa

Lightning Strikes A Golf Practice Green In Iowa

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#21

Took This Pic When The Sandstorm Was About To Hit

Took This Pic When The Sandstorm Was About To Hit

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Hatred Pony
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2 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Where's the face and Brendan Fraser running for his life?

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#22

Tree In My Town Burning From A Lightning Strike

Tree In My Town Burning From A Lightning Strike

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#23

Thickness Of Ice On My Windshield In Romania

Thickness Of Ice On My Windshield In Romania

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#24

Damaging Winds And Severe Storms Just Blew Through Indiana. Patio Table Stuck Into A Wall

Damaging Winds And Severe Storms Just Blew Through Indiana. Patio Table Stuck Into A Wall

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#25

Found This In My Yard After Strong Winds. I Guess You Would Call It A Tumble Weave?

Found This In My Yard After Strong Winds. I Guess You Would Call It A Tumble Weave?

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#26

This Is What Happens In My Hometown When You Don't Leave The Faucet Trickling In The Winter. Pipes Bursting In Watertown, NY

This Is What Happens In My Hometown When You Don't Leave The Faucet Trickling In The Winter. Pipes Bursting In Watertown, NY

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#27

Tornado-Driven Branch Impales My House Directly Above My Kid’s Bed

Tornado-Driven Branch Impales My House Directly Above My Kid’s Bed

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#28

It's Been So Cold, I Snapped My Welcome Mat

It's Been So Cold, I Snapped My Welcome Mat

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#29

I Guess I'm Not Driving Anywhere Today

I Guess I'm Not Driving Anywhere Today

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Jojo
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2 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Nah just put on the defroster, she'll be fine

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#30

This Photo Was Taken At 9 AM On August 17, 2018, In Prince George, British Columbia. The Smoke From The Wildfires Is So Thick It's Blocking Out The Sun

This Photo Was Taken At 9 AM On August 17, 2018, In Prince George, British Columbia. The Smoke From The Wildfires Is So Thick It's Blocking Out The Sun

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#31

Lightning Blew Up My Mailbox Last Night, Of All The Things

Lightning Blew Up My Mailbox Last Night, Of All The Things

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#32

My Trip To Mount Rushmore Last Year

My Trip To Mount Rushmore Last Year

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#33

This Tree Fell And Pulled The Whole Lawn Up With It

This Tree Fell And Pulled The Whole Lawn Up With It

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Raye West
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2 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

You just KNOW all those bugs are like, "...... well, guess we walk gingerly on down now"

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#35

After Flood, Fire And Rescue Departments Going Door To Door To Check The Safety Of Structures

After Flood, Fire And Rescue Departments Going Door To Door To Check The Safety Of Structures

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#36

I Hate Freezing Rain

I Hate Freezing Rain

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Screen_Addict
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2 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Literally goals for days(or at least until it melts)

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#37

Record-Breaking Snowfall From Canadian Blizzard. 30 Inches Fell On Friday Alone

Record-Breaking Snowfall From Canadian Blizzard. 30 Inches Fell On Friday Alone

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Radical Roses
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2 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

And your boss still expects you to come to work.

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#38

Hurricane Damaged Boardwalk

Hurricane Damaged Boardwalk

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#39

Our Beloved Hotdog Stand Got Damaged During Hurricane Irma

Our Beloved Hotdog Stand Got Damaged During Hurricane Irma

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#40

This Poor Lambo I Towed In Calgary Ab After Hail And Flooding

This Poor Lambo I Towed In Calgary Ab After Hail And Flooding

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#41

Iowa Corn Flattened By 100mph Winds

Iowa Corn Flattened By 100mph Winds

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#42

Got A Call Earlier That A Tree Fell On My House

Got A Call Earlier That A Tree Fell On My House

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