Watch This Breathtaking Timelapse of High Plains Storms


Photographer Nicolaus Wegner has an affinity for chasing down large—and often breathtaking—storms in the High Plains region of the United States. He’s previously showcased the fruits of his labor with videos Stormscapes and Stormscapes 2, and just last month, Wegner unleashed a third installment, the aptly titled Stormscapes 3 (which you can view above).

Wegner writes: “This video showcases a variety of supercells and other rotating storms, spooky night based mesoscale convective systems, atmospheric optics such as rainbows and crepuscular rays, various forms of lightning, and even a rare Shirley Basin, Wyoming tornado.”

He told Phil Plait of Slate’s Bad Astronomy blog that much was also filmed near Limon, Colorado.

To get the full effect, make sure you're in full screen mode. Wegner himself writes: “I highly recommend a good set of speakers or headphones.” We cosign that tip, as well as another one of the photog’s notes about the final two minutes of the video, which feature incredible lightning shows. If you’re sensitive to strobe lights or flashes, it might be best to skip over that section. As for the rest, just sit back and ride out the beautiful storm.

Header image is a screenshot via Vimeo

[h/t Slate]