Storm chaser captures extraordinary images

While most people head for cover at the first sign of a storm, this man runs straight toward it. Storm chaser and father of three Mike Olbinski is addicted to photographing extreme weather and regularly takes on tornadoes and supercell thunderstorms in a bid to capture extraordinary images. The photographer, from Phoenix, often travels hundreds of miles a day to reach the eye of a storm. He first became hooked on the unusual hobby almost a decade ago, following the birth of his daughter. (Caters News)

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Katie, Okla.

A powerful EF4 tornado spins through the small rural community of Katie, Okla., on May 9, 2016. (Photo: Mike Olbinski/Caters News)

Marsh Station Overpass

A lightning storm on Marsh Station Overpass on Aug. 26, 2017. (Photo: Mike Olbinski/Caters News)

Lamar, Colo.

A monster supercell begins to cross Highway 385 south of Lamar, Colo., on May 24, 2015. (Photo: Mike Olbinski/Caters News)

Apache Junction, Ariz.

Apache Junction, Ariz., on July 3, 2015. (Photo: Mike Olbinski/Caters News)

Grand Canyon

A lightning bolt at the Grand Canyon hits on the top of one of the little island plateaus on the eastern side as seen from Navajo Point on Aug. 4, 2017. (Photo: Mike Olbinski/Caters News)


A 45-minute lightning show in Tonopah on Aug. 14, 2015. (Photo: Mike Olbinski/Caters News)

Phoenix, Ariz.

A gorgeous dust storm and low level clouds roll into downtown Phoenix on July 3, 2014. (Photo: Mike Olbinski/Caters News)

Grand Canyon

A huge positive strike lands well away from the precipitation core of this storm over the Grand Canyon, slamming into the plateau near the Villlage on Sept. 13, 2017. (Photo: Mike Olbinski/Caters News)

Southeast of St. David, Ariz.

A rainbow and lightning during a storm southeast of St. David, Ariz., on July 28, 2017. (Photo: Mike Olbinski/Caters News)

Near Booker, Texas

This incredibly photogenic storm near Booker, Texas on June 3, 2013, was like a dust-eating machine. (Photo: Mike Olbinski/Caters News)

Lightning at sunset

A stunning monsoon sunset coupled with intense lightning creating an amazing scene on Aug. 26, 2017. (Photo: Mike Olbinski/Caters News)

Mike Olbinski

Mike, the photographer, on May 31, 2016. (Photo: Mike Olbinski/Caters News)