Breathtaking time-lapse of stormy skies

An incredible time lapse video shows the full force of Mother Nature during powerful storms in America's West.

The vision was taken over 14 days by storm chaser Mike Olbinski as part of a 40th birthday present to himself.

During his two weeks on the road, Olbinski travelled nearly 20, 000 kilometres, crossed 10 states, and took over 45, 000 frames.

“We saw four tornadoes, countless supercells, gorgeous shelf clouds, stunning mammatus and some awesome lightning shows,” Olbinski wrote on his webstite.

Prepare for your mind to be blown.

A still shot of thunderous clouds rolling over America's West. Source: Mike Olbinski

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