Time-Lapse Video Shows The Raw Power Of A Microburst

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  1. Limo Wreck

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    It's called a wet microburst -- but when you see it on video like this, there's nothing "micro" about it.

    This time-lapse footage captured by Tucson photographer Brian Snider shows a microburst absolutely unloading on an area near the city.

    It seems as if a giant nozzle has been turned on in the sky, sending a blast of water straight down, which then quickly fans out.

    "Notice how the ball of rain falls from the sky and starts separating before hitting the ground," wrote Snider. "Once it hits the ground you can see the power of microburst as it expands similar to the ripple you would see when you drop a stone in water."

    While the video contains a slow-motion section highlighting the microburst, Snider also posted a complete slow-motion version here.

    And for more incredible weather footage, check out his Vimeo page.



    Howard related because he has his own weatherman.
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    Crikey
     
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    HSS related because "microburst" is the nickname Beth uses for Howard's junk. :grad:
     
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    Do you think God fucks with the weather the same way that humans go on the internet?
     
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    Tough to fly a plane through. More power!
     
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    No such thing as God. :no:
     
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    I love watching the fierceness of mother nature at work. It fascinates me.
     
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    That's freaking awesome
     
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    Cool stuff
     
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    That's awesome footage, LW. Although these microbursts are relatively common, it's very rare that you can see one in action so clearly.

    Usually they're surrounded by more inclement weather on all sides. It's this invisibility that makes them so dangerous to pilots on final approach to an airfield. You're always most vulnerable when you're low and slow in a landing configuration and these microbursts initially trick you into thinking you have the engines at too high a power setting.

    At first you encounter the portion of the microburst that's already hit the ground and is radiating outward horizontally to the ground. These suddenly increasing wind speeds across the ground will initially cause the aircraft to gain altitude and show an increase in relative airspeed on the plane's instrumentation. Thus if the pilot is unaware that a microburst is in the area, his natural reaction will be to decrease power so that he can get the plane back down to the proper glide slope and landing speed.

    Of course, this is the worst thing you can do because in a matter of seconds you're going to be hit with a tremendously powerful downdraft, followed by the opposite side of the microburst which will be rushing backward over your aircraft, further decreasing the ability of your wings to produce lift. The only thing you can do is try to recognize the condition quickly and then add full power on the first third of the microburst so that you can gain enough altitude and airspeed to survive the rest of it.
     
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    What sort of damage would thus do? What does the damage look like on the ground?
     
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    those micro bursts are pretty wild.


    i love rain storms. the hardest rain i've ever been in was monsoon rains in thailand. the sky would be bright blue and then you'd see a black line on the horizon. the black line would be a massive storm and it would be on you in a few minutes. i only knew they were coming because the locals would get off their bikes and stand under shelter. it was like a big bucket of water was being poured on you constantly. it would come down so hard, it was hard to ride a bike. such great storms! :yay:
     
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    Not much, if any. It's like a localized downpour, and runs into the culverts and washes. You can be talking to someone who lives a couple of miles away while it's pouring outside, and they'll be complaining about how dry it is where they are.

    This is a common sight while driving (not my pix, but taken locally within the past week).

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    I'm a native Tucsonan, and our monsoon season still leaves me in awe.
     
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    awesome!
     
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