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News #WeatherBomb a little underwhelming? Check out these extreme weather time-lapses

12 December 2014 Daniel Curtis

“Weather bomb” has a certain, exciting ring to it, as does its proper meteorological term – “explosive cyclogenesis”.

Cloudy skies can make great time-lapses

Weather is one of the most popular time-lapse subjects.

We love our wild weather stories in the UK, so naturally social media has been filled with #WeatherBomb related posts for the past few days.

Many people seem to be slightly disappointed (despite the inherent difficulty to detect sarcasm across the internet) with the effects of said “bomb”, but the term itself is slightly mis-leading.

Rather than a plethora of precipitation and sudden heat waves, the weather bomb simply refers to a huge drop in pressure in a short space of time. This in turn creates powerful winds, far stronger than the average wintery gales.

If you feel a little underwhelmed by the weather bomb (perhaps you expected a little more than your bin being blown over) we have collected some top weather-related time-lapses for you to enjoy, staring with another major news event.

1,704 days ago the volcano-with-the-name-no-one-can-write-nor-pronounce (some people call it “Eyjafjallajökull”) entered its second phase of eruption – and set European airpsace into meltdown. But that did not stop Sean Stiegemeier from heading directly to it. Having waited for four days for the flight from USA to Iceland, he then had four days waiting out poor weather conditions. But what he shot in the day and a half he had left was more than worth it.

Iceland, Eyjafjallajökull – May 1st and 2nd, 2010 from Sean Stiegemeier on Vimeo.

Thunderstorms in the USA are infinitly more impressive than the ones in here. Case in point, Craig Shimala’s video of lightning over Chicago. Plus it was all captured in just one night, making it that little more special.

Chicago Derecho Storm Video and Time-lapse Highlights – June 30, 2014 from Craig Shimala on Vimeo.

“The most beautiful sunrise in the world” is quite a claim, but once you watch “House of the Sun” you might just agree. If you ever doubted that clouds and the sunrise could combine to show off Earth’s weather systems, this video – taken atop the world’s largest, dormant volcano Haleakala (in Maui) – will make you think again. This is a truly magical video.

House of the Sun from Dan Douglas on Vimeo.

To finish, check out Stormscapes 2. It is a bit of a behemoth when it comes to weather time-lapses. But if you have not already had your fill, this is the one for you. 5:20 is a particularly impressive shot!

Stormscapes 2 from Nicolaus Wegner on Vimeo.

And if you wondered where to find some snowy time-lapses (since it is that time of the year) then you would be best checking out our festive blog from a couple of weeks ago.

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