This Incredibly Rare Rain Bomb Falling From The Sky Looks Insane - Science And Nature

May 22, 2020

This Incredibly Rare Rain Bomb Falling From The Sky Looks Insane

So here’s something you might never get to see again,
a freaking rain bomb, or the scientific term “microburst“!
I’ve never heard of that term either, but it’s actually really a thing.

Image Credit: Rain bomb captured in Queensland, Australia, by farmer Peter Thompson

Basically, it occurs when hot, dry air rises and mixes with heavy dark rain-bearing
clouds.
Most of the water droplets in these heavy clouds evaporate,
causing a rapid cooling of the air around them where it then begins to sink.
The falling air drags the remaining raindrops with it, producing one
hell of a downpour.
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photo credit: Peter Thompson

Here’s a graph showing how it happens

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Rare Wet Microburst

If you believe that was crazy check out this unique photo of an extremely rare 65-foot lava dome captured in Hawaii.
h/t: IFLS

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