Just 45 minutes ago, I experienced the craziest weather phenomenon I’ve known. I have a bit of a background in meteorology, been in tornadoes, etc. Love studying weather.
Anyway, whilst sitting relaxing, winds started blowing. Hard. Something bad was happening.
I yelled for Taylor, grabbed our four dogs, and headed to the bathroom.
And as quickly as it started, it stopped. I went outside. It was sprinkling but there was nothing but whisps of clouds overhead. Neighbors were coming out of their houses.
So, what was it? A microburst. It’s a very localized column of sinking air. With very fast winds. Some recorded at higher than 168 mph. I’d easily guesstimate our winds were over 80-100 mph.
Trash cans are spread everywhere, branches broken, and my dog’s houses thrown across the yard. A rare experience to add to my life.
The above is an NASA artist’s rendering of a microburst. Many are invisible. Ours was.