The Climax of must-see time lapse thunderstorm videos

Screen capture of May 10, 2014 thunderstorm time lapse in Climax, Kansas by Stephen Locke via Vimeo

Screen capture of May 10, 2014 thunderstorm time lapse in Climax, Kansas by Stephen Locke via Vimeo

On May 10, the aptly-named town of Climax, Kansas gave rise to the pinnacle of extraordinary thunderstorms and thunderstorm photography.  On the scene, the gifted Stephen Locke crafted a cinematographic time lapse best described as a meteorological work of art.

I was blown-away by this supercell thunderstorm video when it streamed through my Facebook feed around a week ago.  It’s been on my list of “things to post” but summer outlooks, hail, and rainbows got in the way.  Watching it a second time, I’m not sure why.

Others have noticed it and posted it, including Les Shu at Digital Trends, and Phil Plait at Bad Astronomy, who offers this advice:

Drop whatever you’re doing, make this full screen, turn up the volume, and prepare to collect your jaw off the floor:

The Climax, Kansas Supercells by Stephen Locke from Stephen Locke on Vimeo.

Plait calls this the best thunderstorm time lapse video he’s ever seen.  I concur.

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