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Weather geeks should enjoy this collection of nature celebrating Valentine's Day.

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:

Collection of Dr. Pablo Clemente-Colon, Chief Scientist National Ice Center

Then there's a lovely island from Port Chalmers in Alaska, crowded with both terrestrial and aquatic flora. Note: If your chest cavity does start sprouting vegetation, it's time to see a doctor:

Mandy Lindeberg, Alaska ShoreZone Program NOAA/NMFS/AKFSC

NASA chimes in with this collection of affectionate mesas and depressions on Mars:

Mars Global Surveyor orbiter-camera team

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

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