Photographer and storm chaser Bryan Snyder was taking some long distance photos of a storm as it broke over Tucson, Arizona and 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.
Snyder observed 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!
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