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The feature at the centre of this image is possibly a microburst, so what is a microburst?
A microburst is a small, very intense downdraft that descends to the ground resulting in a strong wind divergence.
The size of the event is typically less than 4 kilometers across. Microbursts are capable of producing winds of more than 100 mph causing significant damage. The life span of a microburst is around 5-15 minutes. There are wet microbursts and dry microbursts.
When rain falls below cloud base or is mixed with dry air, it begins to evaporate and this evaporation process cools the air. The cool air descends and accelerates as it approaches the ground. When the cool air approaches the ground, it spreads out in all directions and this divergence of the wind is the signature of the microburst. In humid climates, microbursts can also generate from heavy precipitation.
Microbursts are quick-hitting events and are extremely dangerous to aviation. Microbursts are sub-classified as dry or wet microbursts, depending on how much rain accompanies the microburst when it reaches the ground.
Mooi om hier nog een bekende naam van Weerplaza tegen te komen!
In the words of poet laureate, Sir John Betjeman “Flashing fine, sunset fire”.
Splendid shot, Stefano.
Oh wow, Melyssa. WOW!
This almost seems to take on the aspect of the claws / talons of a bird of prey.
Most unusual cloud formation. Love it!
Thanks guys! It certainly was a sight to behold!
Devon? The view seems more like the mid-west in the USA. It would have fooled me!
Nice shot, Phil. Very expansive and, must say, I like the muted colours in a turbulent and fascinating skyscape..
First though was, “Oh…………” Then I spent 10 minutes trying to take in every subtlety of this dramatic photo. And, yes, I thought it was from the US mid-west as well—until I read the caption. Definitely adding this to my favorites list, Phil.
Great composition, Phil.
right place right time an excellent image indeed