Dangerous beauty: Incredible time-lapse footage of supercell storms

Mike Krumboltz, Yahoo News

More than any special effect Hollywood might dream up,  Mother Nature possesses an overwhelming power to stun. Her magic is on full display in several time-lapse videos of supercell storms over Wyoming and Nebraska that are sweeping their way across the Web.

The video above was shot by a group of storm chasers in Wyoming over the weekend. The magnificent footage captures a truly terrifying supercell hovering and raging, looking a bit like an alien mothership here to destroy the planet.

Below, equally impressive footage of a supercell storm near Scottsbluff, Nebraska on Sunday. The footage of clouds converging and spinning across a seemingly angry sky was captured by Victor Gensini and uploaded to the internet.

A supercell is a type of isolated thunderstorm that also contains "a deep and persistent rotating updraft called a mesocyclone," according to the National Weather Service. The storms usually last for several hours, and are most common in the central United States.

As stunning as they are to look at, supercell storms can turn into deadly tornadoes, AccuWeather.com explains.

In other words, it's a lot safer to watch the footage from behind your laptop than up close in real life.

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