Mother Nature never ceases to astonish me. Just when I think I’ve seen all the cool, weird, and wonderful stuff she’s got up her sleeve, I stumble upon something else that makes me sit back and say “Whoa!” We live in a truly beautiful world, in my humble opinion. It’s amazing how a few random circumstances can take something relatively ordinary, like a rainstorm, and turn it into something truly extraordinary.
Last summer, photographer and storm chaser Bryan Snyder was taking some long distance photos of a storm as it broke over Tucson, Arizona, when he captured a once-in-a-lifetime event. As the rain fell over the city, he saw what appeared to be a “rain bomb” fall and disperse all over the area below.
What Snyder observed is technically known as a microburst, and it occurs when a column of cool air suddenly sinks rapidly through the middle of the storm. This unique phenomenon usually only affects an area under two-and-a-half miles, but the impact of this column of air and rain hitting the ground and dispersing can result in temporary wind speeds of up to 150 miles per hour!
Credits: Barcroft TV | Wimp
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