Photograph of rain microburst looks like a mushroom cloud over Phoenix
Extreme weather often makes for amazing photography. Sometimes, you can predict how things will look. You’ve got an idea of how it will appear in your final shots. Other times, you can only hope, and it really surprises you.
During a recent flight, photographer Jerry Ferguson managed to capture an incredible photograph. As thunderstorms covered the Phoenix landscape an impressively large microburst opened up. Crashing rain, hail and wind, what else could Jerry do but take a photograph?
Microburst are small downdrafts that move in the opposite way to that of a tornado. They’re found within strong thunderstorms and last anywhere from a few seconds to several minutes.
They can devastate aircraft and several fatal crashes have been attributed to this phenomenon over the past few decades. With potential wind speeds above 100mph, it’s no wonder, then, that pilot, Andrew Park kept his distance.
It looks beautifully ominous as it towers over the surrounding area.
Photographer Bryan Snider also managed to capture the microburst in this timelapse video. This one was captured from the ground at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport and much closer than the helicopter.
Is weather one of your photographic passions? Have you seen or photographed a microburst? Let us know in the comments.
Images used with permission. Thank you to Bruce Haffner, photographer Jerry Ferguson, and pilot Andrew Park.
John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.