Meteorologist Jacob DeFlitch captured the the formation of a supercell and lightning in Stratford, Tex. on May 27. (Jacob DeFlitch)

Meteorologist Jacob DeFlitch had one of the season’s most spectacular storms all to himself Saturday evening. Instead of heading to Kansas with the mass of other storm chasers, DeFlitch — based in Colorado — took the road less traveled into the Texas panhandle.

And that made all the difference.

DeFlitch began his storm pursuit in Boise City, Okla., where he spotted a fledgling thunderstorm, born in eastern New Mexico. It would captivate him for the next three hours.

DeFlitch followed the storm, driving across the Texas-Oklahoma border into the Texas panhandle, where he watched the storm mature near the town of Stratford. Then he filmed it at its prime and created a time-lapse. The footage is breathtaking.

The time-lapse reveals the rotating storm’s structure, resembling an alien spaceship or, as storm chasers refer to it, a “mother ship.”

The warm moist air feeding into the storm, or updraft, twists around it like a corkscrew.

“It was one of the best structures I’ve seen all-time,” DeFlitch said.

The icing on the cake was the lightning, which shot down the towering storm shaft as the sun was setting: storm-chasing gold.

The dog along for the ride, however, was not impressed:

The storm, known as a supercell because of its rotating winds, did not spawn a tornado. However, according to the National Weather Service, it produced tennis- to baseball-size hail.

Below, find some captures from DeFlitch’s Twitter feed: