Rare Spectacular ‘Rain Bomb’ Captured On Film In Austria
A Swiss filmmaker caught a spectacular weather event on film when a wet microburst unleashed a tsunami of water over Alpine lake.
Peter Maier was able to capture the wet microburst event precisely at the moment that it dumped tons of water over hillsides and into the gorgeous lake. The event was shot in Lake Millsatt, Austria.
Maier described the event as a ‘tsunami from heaven’.
It is a truly awe-inspiring sight to behold.
What Is A Wet Microburst?
We are glad you asked.
A microburst is an intense section of downdraft air (or wind, however you want to look at it). This downdraft can exceed speeds of 100 MPH and are highly unpredictable. They can cover an area of 2 miles in diameter, sometimes more.
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A wet microburst means that the downdraft contains moisture. They are more typical int he southeast of the United States.
Think of it like this…
A thunderstorm’s primary fuel is an updraft of air. This updraft is what builds those big fancy mushroom clouds that warn us a big storm is forming in the distance.
The updraft tends to trap moisture in it.
At some point, that updraft dissipates and the bottom falls out.
Whatever area is under the main point will often be exposed to the worst microburst damage.
In the case of Maier, he was a good enough distance away from the wet microburst to safely film it. The wet microburst itself unleashed its tsunami of water in what appears to be a desolate area.
In the case of this particular wet microburst, it seems everyone won (including us).
Author: Jim Satney
PrepForThat’s Editor and lead writer for political, survival, and weather categories.