An Australian farmer knew he was seeing something special when he noticed an odd Dramatic Microburst Caught on Camera by Dramatic Microburst Caught on Camera by Australian Farmer Australian Farmer rainstorm in the distance.
It started high up in the clouds, but quickly rushed down toward the ground. As soon as Queensland farmer Peter Thompson spotted it, he grabbed his iPhone and began recording video of the phenomenon.
He was witnessing a microburst, which is a localized blast of wind that's pushed down from a thunderstorm. Also known as a downburst, they typically cover an area less than 2.5 miles in diameter and last less than 5 minutes.
"Just like in the United States, thunderstorms are most common across the Australian continent in the warmer months from spring into fall, though strong storms can occur in southern Australia during winter," meteorologist Chris Dolce.
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The Weather Channel