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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

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.

Related: Wow, Wyoming: Surreal supercell thunderstorm time lapse

Jason is the Washington Post’s weather editor and Capital Weather Gang's chief meteorologist. He earned a master's degree in atmospheric science, and spent 10 years as a climate change science analyst for the U.S. government. He holds the Digital Seal of Approval from the National Weather Association.
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