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Arizona Weather Year-Round is Crazy & This Video Shows Why Arizona

I think we can all agree that the weather can be pretty unpredictable and crazy. But the weather in Arizona? It’s on a whole other level! Arizona weather year-round is confusing, to say the least. Maybe you’ve heard of Arizona’s monsoons and haboobs… and you probably thought those were the weirdest things that Arizona could cook up. Nope.

We Present to You: a Rain Bomb

Flickr User Theresa Rose Ditson
Flickr User Theresa Rose Ditso

Okay, so the technical term is microburst (or wet microburst) but rain bomb does seem pretty fitting, don’t you think? Either way, Arizona’s Granite Mountains are getting soaked!

Flickr User Earle Sidelle
Flickr User Earle Sidelle

Microbursts are born from strong thunderstorms, and Arizona certainly has plenty of those during certain times of the year.  You might be wondering what causes this crazy phenomenon…

What Causes Microbursts?

Flickr User Dustin Volo
Flickr User Dustin Volo

Microbursts are caused when a column of cool air drops suddenly through the storm and towards the surface. In the case of wet microbursts, lots of precipitation falls along with this cool air. In fact, the air is actually cooled by the precipitation, usually as a result of melting ice or hail.

Flickr User Alvee
Flickr User Alvee

By definition, microbursts only affect a small area — about 2 1/2 miles across! But, when the wind and precipitation reach the surface they spread out with a lot of force! They can generate winds over 150 miles per hour!

Flickr User Kathy Franklin
Flickr User Kathy Franklin

So, basically, a whole lotta rain and wind come crashing down on one unlucky spot all at once. Unfortunately, this has been known to do some serious damage! Back in August of 2014, in Mesa Arizona, a dry microburst that didn’t even bring any rain ripped the entire roof off a building!

Unfortunately, microbursts are very hard to forecast. As we said, Arizona weather year-round is confusing and never predictable. That’s why catching one on camera or video is such a rare occurrence! Bryan Snyder is one storm chaser and photographer who has been lucky enough to be in the right spot at the right time! In August of 2015, he was in Tucson hoping to grab some time-lapse footage of a storm! Instead, what he got was this rare footage of Arizona’s incredible weather. Check out this awesome video!

Have you ever been lucky enough to witness this crazy weather phenomenon? We want to hear about it in the comments below!

Cheyenne Reed

Cheyenne Reed was born and raised in Ohio. She recently relocated to rural Wyoming to try out working at an exclusive guest ranch. She graduated from Kent State University with an English degree, and most enjoys writing about travel. If she has free time, you may run into her anywhere, because she is always itching to explore new places. Her personal motto is, "Any day can be an adventure if you make it one!"

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