Looking out my living room window to the northeast I witnessed the explosion of energy released by a thunderstorm cell.
As I watched my TV of live coverage by the news I witnessed this same storm cause flash floods and drop enormous amounts of quarter-sized hail.
I set my Nikon D4s up, grabbed my 85mm f/1.4 lens - aperture set to 2.8 - I programmed the camera's internal intervalometer for 1 frame every 10 seconds - 180 total frames - 30 minutes total.
I brought the raw frames into Sony Vegas - first at 4 frames per image - then at 2 frames per image.
The resulting footage is amazing.
Photos Compliments of KTLA Fox News - Mud slides from the storm caused massive closures of the I-5 North Freeway and dozens of cars and trucks were buried and stuck.
So much energy is being released. What's really amazing is the upper atmosphere clouds were moving to the southeast. The storm was moving due west then the thunderstorm cell curled up and back to the east while the lower atmosphere clouds were moving to the north west.
There were clouds moving in practically every direction.
This video gives you an idea of just how complex, powerful, beautiful, and dangerous large thunderstorms can be.
Photos Compliments of KTLA Fox News - Hail from the storm litters the countryside.