June 11, 2013

Something Wonderful: Timelapse of a supercell near Booker, Texas

And the Lord went before them by day in a pillar of a cloud, to lead them the way; Exodus 13 21

"It took four years but I finally got it. A rotating supercell. And not just a rotating supercell, but one with insane structure and amazing movement. I’ve been visiting the Central Plains since 2010. Usually it’s just for a day, or three, or two…but it took until the fourth attempt to actually find what I’d been looking for. And boy did we find it.

"No, there was no tornado. But that’s not really what I was after. I’m from Arizona. We don’t get structure like this. Clouds that rotate and look like alien spacecraft hanging over the Earth.

"We chased this storm from the wrong side (north) and it took us going through hail and torrential rains to burst through on the south side. And when we did…this monster cloud was hanging over Texas and rotating like something out of Close Encounters.

"The timelapse was shot on a Canon 5D Mark II with a Rokinon 14mm 2.8 lens. It’s broken up into four parts. The first section ends because it started pouring on us. We should have been further south when we started filming but you never know how long these things will last, so I started the timelapse as soon as I could.

"One thing to note early on in the first part is the way the rain is coming down on the right and actually being sucked back into the rotation." by Phoenix Photographer | Mike Olbinski Photography

Video after the jump:

And the Lord went before them by day in a pillar of a cloud, to lead them the way; Exodus 13 21

Posted by gerardvanderleun at June 11, 2013 9:17 PM
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Posted by: Leslie at June 12, 2013 8:30 AM

To paraphrase Einstein: The world is not only stranger than we imagine, it is stranger than we can imagine.

Pretty incredible.

Posted by: David at June 12, 2013 2:50 PM

My daughter who lives within 3 miles of where the Tornado destroyed Moore Oklahoma doesn't find it as beautiful as many people may.

Posted by: Duncan at June 13, 2013 3:15 AM

Obviously, but it all depends on your point of view.

Posted by: vanderleun at June 13, 2013 1:12 PM

That was Awesome.

Posted by: Curtis at June 14, 2013 9:34 AM

[7] Praise the LORD from the earth, you sea monsters in the deeps,
[8] fire and hail, snow and frost, stormy wind fulfilling his command!

[1] Then the LORD answered Job out of the whirlwind:
[2] "Who is this that darkens counsel by words without knowledge?

[1] Then Job answered the LORD:
[5] I had heard of thee by the hearing of the ear, but now my eye sees thee;
[6] therefore I despise myself, and repent in dust and ashes."

Posted by: Fat Man at June 14, 2013 9:45 PM