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Stunning timelapse captures the terrific beauty of extreme storms

An absolutely breathtaking timelapse comprises several months worth of stormchasing severe weather across the Great Plains of America.

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Screenshot by Michelle Starr/CNET

Every year, the Great Plains are subject to a series of intense thunderstorms through spring and summer, and Tornado Alley is the most active tornado region in the world. If you want to see extreme weather, the Great Plains are the place to be.

And that's exactly where photographer Nicolaus Wegner spent several months, chasing the inconsistent, yet beautiful, climate.

"High plains storms are some of the most beautiful and wild in the world," he wrote. "I spent May - September 2014 photographing all types of severe weather in Wyoming, Montana, South Dakota, Nebraska, and Colorado. This time lapse project is a result of that effort. From rainbows to tornadoes, there is a little bit of everything in here."

The seven-minute timelapse is the result of very hard work. Wegner, who used a Canon 5D MII and 6D, 16-35mm lens, 14mm wide-angle Rokinon lens and Canon EF 70/200mm f/4L zoom lens, described the chase of one particular storm.

"The one-second three-layer pancake lightning bit (after the godzirra sequence 3:30) is from a storm I followed all the way from NE Wyoming to central South Dakota, barely keeping up with it," he wrote. "Managed exactly 24 shots before it overtook us before finally giving up. Damn thing stretched across the entire length of South Dakota at that point north to south, moving at over 60mph. A lot of effort for one whopping second of footage."

You can follow Wegner's work on his official Facebook page.