The Vacuum by MikeOlbinski

This incredibly photogenic storm near Booker, Texas back on June 3rd, 2013, was like a dust-eating machine. Everything around it seemed to get sucked into the updraft of this stunning supercell. The colors at sunset added to the apocalyptic look of this storm.

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Rapid City III by MikeOlbinski

Another lightning bolt from that beautiful supercell on June 1st over Rapid City, South Dakota. The storm was dying out at this stage, but the lightning was incredible, especially viewing it from up high. So thankful again to my buddy James Langford for guiding me up to the top via cell phone.

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Power! by MaxConradPhotography

Today I rediscovered a photo on my PC taken back in 2009. I remember this week in May quite well as there severe thunderstorms coming by on a daily basis. I chased (or better accompanied) this storm for several hours driving in front, underneath the updraft and in the middle of the hail core and let it drift away after several hours of stormchasing.
In the low sun the storm presented a pretty double rainbow pretending not to be harmful 😉 A few minutes later the massive hail shafts were lit up by the sun and showed the truth…

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Limon, Colorado by tornadochaser06

Shelf cloud races toward Limon, CO on Aug 17, 2015. This storm produced winds to 65 mph in town and caused decent tree damage.

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Rapid City Supercell by MikeOlbinski

This was most likely the second greatest supercell I’ve seen in person thus far. The first was Booker, Texas in 2013…but this guy near Rapid City, South Dakota was incredible. It essentially hovered in one general area for hours…and by the time I finally punched the core and got in position to photograph it, the structure was amazing.

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Ominous storm by MaxConradPhotography

On June 27th another round of clustering thunderstorms developed in southern Germany. At some point the sky was boiling in every direction and the storms popped up like mushrooms leaving a lot of rain and hail (up to 5cm).

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Disco ball by MaxConradPhotography

Another view of the extraordinary beautiful nighttime thunderstorm some time ago taken two minutes after this one: Very rare and beautiful view of a strongly rotating supercellular thunderstorm lit up by frequent lightning and moonlight under a clear starry sky – looking like a big disco ball swirling in the sky.
This photo was taken in the Champagne (Département Ardennes) near Rethel during a four day stormchasing tour through western Europe in 2014.


For several days parts of France, Belgium, The Netherlands and Germany have experienced a very rare weather pattern with exceptionally high energetic airmasses and strong wind shear. This lead to quite a few very strong thunderstorms racing over these areas again and again and again, most of them of supercellular nature.

During four days of strenuous stormchasing through France, Belgium and Germany mother nature showed us her power and beauty at her best – days like these are the reason for any stormchaser to go through all those agonizing moments of continuous decision making, weather forecasting, driving hundreds or thousands of kilometers may be for literally nothing, waiting bored for hours, missing the right spot, arriving too late or staying at the wrong place at the wrong time.

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Caribbean Colors by lightstripes

Vernon TX, USA – 8. May 2015
We prefer to stay close to the Red River and catch a very active thunderstorm with tons of lightning. the colors were so incredibly intense. With this green and blue, the storm reminded me of the Caribbean beaches. Anyway, these colors indicate hail. So it’s better you take some distance from this storm!

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