So here’s something you rarely get to see, a freaking rain bomb, or the technical term “microburst“! I’ve never heard of that term either, but it’s actually really a thing.
Basically, it happens when hot, dry air rises and mixes with heavy rain-bearing clouds.
Most of the water droplets in the clouds evaporate, causing a swift cooling of the air around them where it then starts to sink. The falling air pulls the remaining raindrops with it, creating one hell of a downpour.
Rain bomb captured in Queensland, Australia, by farmer Peter Thompson
photo credit: Peter Thompson
Here’s a graph showing how it happens
Rare Wet Microburst
If you thought that was crazy check out this photo of an extremely rare 65-foot lava dome captured in Hawaii.