27 Jun '15, 3pm

Watch a thunderstorm's life flash before your eyes

As the planet's most powerful type of thunderstorm , a supercell does whatever it wants. Some opt for a mad dash across the landscape, while others prefer the lower-profile life of a homebody. Either way, they fit a lot of drama — and danger — into an existence that typically only lasts two to six hours. A stationary supercell in South Dakota recently offered a stunning example, letting photographer Nicolaus Wegner capture its growth in a time-lapse video (above) without having to chase it — or vice versa. Its lack of mobility may have made it slightly less dangerous for Wegner, aside from the threat of lightning , but it also gave him a rare opportunity to record a supercell from start to finish. "I was fortunate enough to have the entire event unfold right in front of me over the course of several hours," Wegner writes on Vimeo , where his video has been viewed 44,000 ti...

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