Year in Pictures: Weather and nature

The best snaps of the amazing wrath and beauty of nature, from our Week in Pictures series
View of lightning that strikes next to the statue Christ the Redeemer in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 16 January 2014. The city suffered a strong storm that left neighborhoods without power and flooded streets. EPA/ANTONIO LACERDA

Every week, our photo editors curate the Week in Pictures series, a collection of some of the most beautiful, moving, vivid, adorable and heartbreaking photos from the last seven days. As part of our Best of 2014 web series, we’ve assembled galleries of some of the best of those snaps. Here’s the most remarkable photos from the storms that rocked us, the disasters we endured, and the natural wonders that stunned us:

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