Perhaps buoyed by the prospect of a three-day weekend, the folks over at NOAA are getting a little goofy today. Thus, the appearance on the agency's Facebook of a cloud that appeared in 2005 over Newport, Oregon, delightfully shaped into a big cartoon heart.
Don't you just want to wrap it in a bear hug and squeeze it until it explodes in formless vapor? But that's not all: NOAA has also dug up this image of a "beautiful heart-shaped melt pond" near Alaska's Beaufort Sea:
NASA chimes in with this collection of affectionate mesas and depressions on Mars:
From the Twitter feed of NOAA Satellites comes this item to round-out the naturalistic Valentine's Day celebration. It's a fast-moving surface low sending all its love to Florida during 2011's hurricane season:
Folks who aren't having a stellar Valentine's Day, meanwhile, might get grim satisfaction looking at this tornado that's shaped into a giant middle finger:
Top image: Melanie Johnson, NOAA/NMFS/NWFSC. Bottom: NOAA/OAR/ERL/National Severe Storms Laboratory