A Storms a Brewin’
I found me another awesome time lapse video. I just can’t help myself. We are back to looking at storm formations and electrifying storm cells. This particular video does a fantastic job of building suspense. It starts with some slow moving clouds, a small-ish tornado and then explodes into a torrent of lightening and sheets of rain. The accompanying music transforms what would be just a video of storms into a complete story, with a defined build up, climax and conclusion. This seven and half minute film feels like a story without words.
You might be wondering what can be so fascinating about a storm. On the ground, we see clouds move slowly, lightning strikes at long intervals, rain soaking us to the bone. Viewing the storm from a distance and then speeding it up creates the most surreal effect. From this perspective, the storms look like living, breathing entities as swirling, seizing, mellifluous clouds flow like undulating waves in the sky.
The film is called “Pursuit,” not just for the obvious reasons. During his filming, Olbinski despaired of missing a phenomenal supercell with accompany tornados and lightning show. In his pursuit for the best footage, he missed out on the storm of the season. With near crippling disappointment, he made the best of his situation by catching the vestiges of the same storm further down the road. This can been seen in the breathtaking lightning storm near the end.
This next video comes from NASA and the Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO). The film shows an active region on the Sun, called a sunspot, traveling across the face of the Sun. These areas on the Sun have complex and intense magnetic fields. Scientists use these phenomenon to glean information on the inner workings of our star.
Sunspots are not uncommon occurrences, but as the Sun enters a period of low solar activity known as the solar minimum, such occurrences grow rarer. The solar minimum is a natural phase in the Sun’s 11-year cycle.
The SDO monitored the area for 13 days before it rotated out of view. They watched solar flares, a coronal mass ejection and high speed proton emissions that caused brighter auroras at the Earth’s poles two days later. The video details these events, showing how they appeared using the SDO’s varied instruments.