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Jaw-dropping time-lapse storm video: Vorticity 2

26 Jul 2019, 13:00 UTC
Jaw-dropping time-lapse storm video: Vorticity 2
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I lived on the east coast of the US for many years, mostly in the Washington DC area. When I moved to California in 2000, I noticed right away something weird: We didn’t get thunderstorms. Rain, yes, but never huge downpours with lightning and thunder. That area of the country has the wrong geography for them.

Then I moved to Colorado in 2007, and oh my yes do we get thunderstorms. I live just east of the Rockies, and the storms build their power right there, providing a fantastic view of towering cumulus clouds just getting their start. As the winds blow them east they gain even more strength, and can erupt as massive supercells, bringing with them torrential rain, winds, and sometimes tornadoes.

I’ve taken some photos of these clouds, fooling around with my DSLR camera. I’m an amateur, so my pictures are OK, and sometimes even good.

But I can’t hold a candle to Mike Olbinski. He’s a wedding photographer by trade, but when spring comes he transforms into a storm chaser. His photos are amazing… but his videos are staggering.

In 2016 I posted his amazing time-lapse video “Vorticity”. Just this week he released a new video, ...

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