Phenomena

Microburst

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Earlier this week a Columbus, OH TV station tower camera caught this awesome timelapse footage of several microbursts in a thunderstorm. A microburst is a sudden, localized downdraft inside the storm. You can see a clear microburst starting at about 0:30 seconds. Note how it flares up and out as it hits the ground, eventually settling around the time a rainbow appears on the left edge of the frame. These strong winds moving down then curling out can be dangerous, both to structures on the ground and to any aircraft unfortunate enough to be taking off or landing in the storm. (Video credit: WCMH; submitted by
A. Bcstractor)

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