What you see here is called a wet microburst, a weather phenomenon that occurs when cool air and rain fall to the ground, often during a thunderstorm, at high speeds. Once this wave, so to speak, hits the ground, it disperses horizontally, creating incredibly high winds (sometimes over 150 miles per hour) and literal balls of rain. This timelapse video shows the phenomenon in action, as you see what look like giant waves moving toward the ground, expanding slightly before making contact. Bryan Snider recently caught this particular series of wet microbursts in action above Tucson, Arizona. The footage Snider took just goes to show the raw power of nature, and how quickly the weather can change. This is definitely a sight to see.
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