There is no substitute for witnessing the specter of nature and weather first-hand. But when that’s not a possibility, seeing the incredible things weather can do in a time lapse video is a fairly decent substitute.

This particular compilation of storms forming via time lapse comes from Chad Cowan, who has been studying, forecasting and chasing storms for the past 10 years.

In the description for “Fractal” he talks about how the formation of storms is a bigger meaning within the world itself while also getting into some very fine details about how storms form.

“Supercell thunderstorms are a manifestation of nature’s attempt to correct an extreme imbalance. The ever ongoing effort to reach equilibrium, or viscosity, is what drives all of our weather. The force with which the atmosphere tries to correct this imbalance is proportional to the gradient. In other words, the more extreme the imbalance, the more extreme the storm.”

If you’re hankering for some storm formation then Cowan’s Vimeo channel Stormlapse is certainly one you should check out.

Not something you see every day.

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