A newly released film of the spring skies in the Plains is so magnificent, you may feel emotionally or even spiritually connected to the magical scenes.

It has no people and no plot but is as stirring as many cinematic dramas.

The movie, created by Arizona-based filmmaker Mike Olbinski, is called “Vorticity,” a term used to describe spin in the atmosphere. It’s an apt title, given the sky’s swirling, overturning motions that feature throughout the film.

Olbinski worked tirelessly to create the masterpiece, editing down 60,000 time-lapse frames obtained during a 20,000 mile journey through nine states between May and June.

“Blood. Sweat. Tears. Joy. That’s what this spring was for me,” Olbinski wrote, describing the effort. “The miles, the grind, the failing, the epic days missed, the lack of sleep, the jubilation, the friendships strengthened and the time away from my family. And when the chasing was all done … wondering, ‘Was worth it all?’ Heck yeah, it was.”

The just-over five minutes of breathtaking cloud formations over stunning landscapes are entrancing. The intensity of the storms photographed crescendoes as the film progresses, and the soundtrack perfectly complements it. The motion of the clouds, in many instances, seems deftly choreographed to the music.

You witness every type of cloud at the breeding grounds of some of the world’s most violent storms: menacing shelf clouds, towering haboobs, roiling cumulonimbus, rotating wall clouds, tornadoes from their genesis to their demise.

In many cases, the action moves from the background to the foreground. Watching — your adrenaline kicks in — as if you’re there yourself.

This is a work of art, and the final 1 minute and 40 seconds (from 3:40 to 5:20), in particular, are jaw-dropping.

Crank up the sound, switch your monitor to full-screen mode, and immerse yourself in this inspired film in high-definition. You will have new appreciation for the beauty of storms and the allure of storm-chasing.

Below, find some remarkable still shots from the film, courtesy of Olbinski:


A beautiful, sculpted supercell roams the plains of the Oklahoma Panhandle. (Mike Olbinski)

A powerful EF3 tornado spins through the small, rural community of Katie, Okla. (Mike Olbinski)

In the wake of a just-passed shelf cloud, low-hanging clouds that call up the ocean’s crashing waves. (Mike Olbinski)

Three bolts strike in the hills north of where Highway 90 crosses the Pecos River. (Mike Olbinski)

A supercell slowly begins to die near the town of Benjamin, Tex. (Mike Olbinski)

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