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WJLA, June 27, 2011

A monstrous supercell is born in McCook, Neb., on June 19

Storm-chasing photographer Mike Hollingshead makes a living diving into dangerous situations to document the raging turmoil of a thoroughly pissed-off atmosphere. This footage of a supercell thunderstorm forming in McCook, Neb., represents some of the finest work in Hollingshead's "Extreme Instability" portfolio, which you can see more of here.

The storm zaps the ground to say 'Goodbye'

Instances of cloud-to-ground lightning, as pictured here, were rare in this supercell. Mike decided to call it quits soon after around 12:30 a.m. He packed in a couple hours of motel sleep before heading out the next day into a tornado.