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A “rain bomb” drops on Queensland, Australia

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This is what it looks like when a giant ball of rain drops to the Earth at once, otherwise known as a “microburst” storm. 
The above picture shows what looks like a “ball” of rain dropping
from a thunderstorm over central Queensland, Australia, last Sunday. The
footage was captured by Peter Thompson, who was working on a property
around 80 km north-east of Roma at the time. The entire thing lasted
just five minutes, but dumped a whole lot of rain in that short time.
This
rare type of storm is known as a “microburst”, or downburst of
cloudburst, and it occurs when rising hot dry air mixes with rain drops
in the atmosphere, casing them to evaporate and therefore lowers the
temperature rapidly, as Peter Hannam explains over at TheSydney Morning Herald.
The
cooled air then quickly starts to sink, gathering speed and pulling the
rain with it into a forceful downfall over a small region.
“I reckon from when I first started seeing that ball form to when it hit the ground was about two minutes,” Thomspon told ABC News. “The drop itself was really quite quickly. It looked like the bottom of the cloud falling.”

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And
while it’s beautiful to look at, the results can be devastating for
anything caught below it, with strong winds also accompanying this type
of event.
“A downburst is a concentrated downdraft, typically
lasting five to 15 minutes, and is of unusually high speed such that it
can cause damage on, or near, the ground,” the Australian Bureau of Meteorology website explains.
The
conditions in the region were unfortunately perfect for such a storm to
occur last week, with temperatures during the day hovering at around 39
degrees Celsius in the shade – that’s 102.2 Farenheit.

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