A weather front that divided the nation Wednesday gave rise to atmospheric instability that spanned from the Northeast to the South and then back into the northern Rockies. The consequence? Dramatic cloud forms, vivid lightning, roping waterspouts, and vibrant rainbows that put on a show across the nation.

Front draped over U.S. on July 23, 2014. (NWS)
Front draped over U.S. on July 23, 2014. (NWS)

You won’t believe some of the photos:

Glacier National Park

Southern Mississipi

Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

Northern Maryland


Lightning from Annapolis (Jennifer Casey Photography via Facebook)

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

New York, New York

Portland, Maine