Teen's Timelapse Captures Dramatic Kansas Supercell

A teenager in Kansas watching an otherworldly thunderstorm swirl across farmland…it may sound like the plot of “The Wizard of Oz,” but it was the real-life experience of Bryce Finkeldei on August 15.

Finkeldei, 16, captured this timelapse footage of a supercell outside Alta Vista, Kansas, when he went storm-chasing with Kansas City Storm Chasers.

Finkeldei posted the video to Facebook on the date of filming, sharing his excitement in the video caption: “WOW! That’s all I can say after tonight. Incredible mothership supercell with structure I’ve never seen before. It blew my mind!”

The National Weather Service describes a supercell as a type of thunderstorm that has “a high propensity to produce severe weather, including damaging winds, very large hail, and sometimes weak to violent tornadoes.” Finkeldei told Storyful that this particular supercell “dropped up to three tornadoes at once in its lifecycle.”

It’s not the first time the teenager has captured storm footage. He describes himself on Facebook as an “aspiring meterologist/storm chaser,” and he’s posted further videos there from other adventures with the Kansas City Storm Chasers group. Credit: Bryce Finkeldei via Storyful