235 photos create beautiful cloud time lapse, and other must-see weather videos

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A spring storm produces ominous roiling clouds that look like something from Harry Potter.

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When you watch thunderstorms pass, they don’t appear to move very quickly.

But when they are photographed over time and then compressed in a video editor, you really get to see how things move.

The storm cloud time lapse above is made from 235 individual photographs over 11 minutes. The sequence was reduced down to less than 10 seconds - making it look like a scene from Harry Potter.

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A thunderstorm rumbles across Greene County leading to a sky full of stars

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This spring thunderstorm was an early attempt at time lapse. The camera was left running all night, and the lens eventually fogged, but I really liked the lightning intensity and clearing sky with stars at the end.

February thunderstorm time lapse

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Here is a time lapse of the severe weather that moved through the Miami Valley on Friday, Feb. 24, 2017. This video was taken on the property of Dayton Daily News photographer Ty Greenlees.

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A surprise line of thunderstorms in February lit up the sky over Greene County. About 10 minutes’ worth of exposures were captured before it began to rain and I had to stop for safety reasons.

Stars time lapse

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Stars in the northern sky appear to turn around Polaris, the North Star, as seen from Clinton County

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Time lapse photos of the stars are fun and relatively easy unless clouds decide to roll in. This sequence ran all night, and I let the dawn wash away the frame.

Glowing sunset

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The Miami Valley was treated to a brilliant sunset on Tuesday evening after a cold front passed through and it stopped raining just as the sun set.

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This glowing sunset is not a time lapse, but it was one of the best unbroken sky illuminations I’ve seen. A ribbon of clear horizon appeared just as the sun set after a cold front pushed through and made the western sky glow for just a few minutes before fading away.

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