CAUGHT ON CAMERA: Wet microburst dumps heavy rain, gusty winds over south Huntsville

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Shortly after 6 p.m., our roof camera caught a spectacular weather phenomenon as it occurred over south Huntsville:

Microburst dropping rain over south Huntsville shortly after 6pm Monday, August 1, 2016.

Microburst dropping rain over south Huntsville shortly after 6pm Monday, August 1, 2016.

In the right-hand side of the screen, notice a dark colored "object" fall from the sky to the ground.

That "object" is a microburst, which is a column of strong, downward-moving air that is associated with a thunderstorm's downdraft and is descending at a rapid rate.

Microbursts are downdrafts -- also known as downbursts -- that are less than 2.5 miles in diameter. Per the National Weather Service, microbursts can produce damaging winds as high as 168 mph.

How a microburst works - NOAA

How a microburst works - NOAA

In this particular case, it is considered a wet microburst, because it contains a huge mass of rain (dry microbursts do not contain any rain).

Once the air and rain hit the ground, it has nowhere else to go but outwards. This can create significant straight-line wind damage, particularly in strong to severe thunderstorms.

Thankfully, only minor wind damage was reported this evening in portions of south Huntsville, including at the Waterford Square apartments off of Airport Road. No injuries and no structural damage have been reported at this time.

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