Storm chaser's time-lapse tornado video is as gorgeous as it is terrifying

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Video screen capture Mike Olbinski/Vimeo

Storms chasers are a special breed of people. Upon a storm warning the natural reaction for most of us might be, "ACK, take cover." Not for storms chasers, it's more like, "Let's go get that thing!"

Which seems to be the exact attitude held by storm chaser (and wedding photographer!) Mike Olbinski who set out to capture some storms, and man did he ever. Says he:

I had three goals this spring: Get a tornado on time-lapse, capture the best footage I possibly could, and chase as much as my schedule would allow. That ended up totalling 18 chase days. 20,000 miles driven. Almost 60,000 time-lapse frames shot. Nine total states. Hours and hours and hours of editing. All between April 15th and June 15th.

The result is nothing short of stunning, as you can see for yourself in the video below. As for me, I'm heading to the storm shelter.

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