As far as weather goes, rotating supercells are no small talk banality: With their powerful, perpetually spinning mesocyclones or updrafts, they are the least common and most dangerous of all thunderstorms. But this didn’t stop photographer/ storm chaser Mike Olbinski from driving through the pinnacle of a supercell near Booker, Texas to shoot the unearthly phenomenon on his Canon 5D Mark II and provide is with this epic time lapse.

After four years of trying, Olbinski is finally happy with his results, even though the experience itself was “creepy as all heck. And intense.”