What if you spent every day looking for One Beautiful Thing?




Chad Cowan/StormLapse

If you have ever been fortunate enough to watch a major storm form without damage to your person or your property, you know it’s an awe-inspiring sight. Storm chaser Chad Cowan has turned those opportunities into an epic art form.

Cowan is a photographer and aspiring filmmaker who has been chasing storms across America’s Tornado Alley over the past 10 years and 150,000 miles. This is Cowan’s epic video, “Fractal,” a super cut of high-def time-lapse supercell storm footage (“StormLapses”)shot during his wacky weather adventures. I am fascinated by storm videos, and I have watched a lot of them on YouTube, but I’ve never seen anything like Cowan’s work. And he’s not just a casual observer. He’s taken the time to understand the weather he’s documenting.

“Supercell thunderstorms are a manifestation of nature’s attempt to correct an extreme imbalance. The ever ongoing effort to reach equilibrium, or entropy, is what drives all of our weather, and the force with which the atmosphere tries to correct this imbalance is proportional to the gradient. In other words, the more extreme the imbalance, the more extreme the storm.”

After growing up in storm-ridden Kansas, the artist started storm chasing as soon as he got his driver’s license, and watching his footage, I can understand why. How could you possibly be surrounded by such magnificent power and not be affected by it?

Check out Cowan’s work on his website.


Author: Donna from MyOBT

I have committed to spending part of every day looking for at least one beautiful thing, and sharing what I find with you lovelies!

30 thoughts on “StormLapse

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  2. Wow, that is such a fantastic film. thanks for sharing it, don’t think I would have found it otherwise. 🙂

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  3. That was beautiful. I have always loved looking at extreme weather pictures. I haven’t convinced my wife to let me hang one on a wall, but they sure are amazing. This is the first weather video I have seen put to music. It adds to the beauty.

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  4. This is amazing!!! I love watching storms. Thanks for creating this video!

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  5. It looks so mesmerizing!

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  6. Growing up, I always loved being outside right before a storm. Living here in Hurricane Alley, I still love to watch and listen. Something about a storm is so fascinating to me. This video is wonderful, Donna.

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  7. terrifyingly beautiful. or beautifully terrifying. such power.

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  8. Gorgeous. It gives a real living quality to the skies.

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  9. Thanks so much for posting this. Such beauty and raw power!

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  10. That was fun to watch!! Makes you realize how small we all are in the grand scheme of things!

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  11. Beautiful and powerful. It reminds me how lucky I am to have avoided the most extreme weather.

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  12. I don’t like storms though i like Heavy rainfall

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  13. Stunning!!

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