They say a thunderstorm releases energy equivalent of a 20-kiloton nuclear warhead. Watch this (above) timelapse view of the explosive growth of a thunderstorm, and appreciate how.

The timelapse was filmed August 26 in central Illinois, by Skip Talbot.

Other recent magnificent thunderstorm views…

From Sioux City, Iowa, Sunday

From France earlier this week

Via NASA, a phenomenal view of a supercell thunderstorm in North Carolina from an altitude of 65,000 feet, taken May 23, 2014 from a research aircraft (ER-2 – more info.)



Dramatic image of supercell wins National Geographic contest (PHOTOS)

15 spectacular supercell thunderstorms (PHOTOS)