Mother nature is a mad scientist. Or, she is a sorceress capable of summoning heaven and earth with the simple wave of a wand. Or, maybe she's just a brilliant artist, one who makes Monet look like a pre-kindergarten finger-painter named Billy.
Judging by the breathtaking video below, we're going to go with all three.
Last October, Slate's resident astronomer, Phil Plait, posted a time-lapse video from photographer Nicolaus Wegner, documenting the remarkable formation of storms, set to a stirring soundtrack. Now, Wegner is back. Stormscapes2 is the brand new time-lapse video he assembled after a year of storm chasing. It's just as mesmerizing as it is terrifying. And, it's a rare example of a sequel improving on the original — all with a minimal budget and no CGI.