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Storm Chaser and Videographer Mike Olbinski brings you his latest timelapse work. Interestingly, while in Montana for field camp this year I was watching Mike’s twitter feed for the possibility of severe weather in that state - “Storm chaser I follow will be 2 hours away” was something of an interesting tweet to realize I just read. Anyway, here’s the story to go with this video from his original caption.

On June 12th, I broke down into tears. Minutes earlier, I had been outside my truck, leaning against it, head buried in my arms, frustration and failure washing over me. I wanted to quit. I got back in the car and as I drove, the pain got the better of me and the tears came.

This past spring was a tough one. Supercell structure and beautiful tornadoes had been very hard to come by. In fact, the tornado in the opening of this film was the only good one I saw this entire year.

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“Big whirls have little whirls that feed on their velocity, and little whirls have lesser whirls, and so on to viscosity.” - Meteorologist Lewis Fry Richardson (“Weather Prediction by Numerical Process.” Cambrige University Press, 1922)

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