The big blizzard … in 40 seconds

December 2010 Blizzard Timelapse from Michael Black on Vimeo.

Watch the snow from this week’s blizzard build up in a backyard in Belmar, N.J., courtesy of photographer Mike Black. He took one frame every five minutes for about 20 hours, then put them together into one of the coolest time-lapse videos I’ve ever seen.

The Vimeo video was seen 520,000 times in about eight hours (oops, make that 662,000 and counting!). Black says he’s getting e-mails from NBC and other TV networks asking to show it off. Keeping the clock visible amid 32 inches of snow is a particularly nice touch.

While you’re clicking around, check out Black’s photo montage focusing on last week’s total lunar eclipse.

Update for 7:15 p.m. ET: Is 40 seconds too long for you? See if you can spot an even more condensed 6-second version of the clip in this spot from “NBC Nightly News”:

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