January 26, 2016 1:00 pm

Astronaut Scott Kelly takes storm chasing to new heights

Lighting and aurora as seen from the International Space Station.

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Astronaut Scott Kelly — on board the International Space Station (ISS) as part of the One-Year Mission — has taken storm chasing to a new level.

On Tuesday, Kelly tweeted that he had joined Tumblr, his first post of storms as seen from space.

A dust storm over the Red Sea.

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“Flying 250 miles above the Earth aboard the International Space Station has given me the unique vantage point from which to view our planet,” Kelly wrote on his Tumblr page, entitled “Chasing Storms at 17,500 mph.”

Hurricane Patricia as seen from the International Space Station.

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“Spending a year in space has given me the unique opportunity to see a wide range of spectacular storm systems in space and on Earth.

Included in the images is the “Blizzard of 2016,” which recently brought major cities including Washington, D.C., Boston and New York City to a standstill.

There was also Hurricane Patricia, a dust storm over the Red Sea, a thunderstorm over Italy and, of course, the most beautiful of all, geomagnetic storms (which cause the northern lights).

Lightning lights up the clouds over Italy.

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Kelly is due to return to Earth along with his One-Year Mission crew mate, Russian cosmonaut Mikhail Kornienko, in March.

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