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!
H/T: Barcroft TV