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.
“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)
Supercell structure and lightning strike near Canadian, TX on June 22, 2014. One of the better looking storms we saw this past spring! The white cone looking appendage at the front of the storm actually was a cone funnel which briefly touched down a couple of minutes later.
This storm was one of the scariest we’ve ever chased. This amazing supercell structure was photographed near Kennefic, Oklahoma. It produced a wedge tornado which impacted Tushka, OK less than an hour later.
Amazing supercell structure WSW of Sterling Kansas on May 11, 2014.
Localized severe threats are looking likely coming up starting midweek next week across the Plains. Will be tough chasing/forecasting, but will certainly be some worthwhile storms to photograph. We’re monitoring.