Photographer Jerry Ferguson was shooting from a news helicopter this week when he spotted a microburst over Phoenix, Arizona. In the right place at the right time, Ferguson managed to capture remarkable photos of it.
Ferguson was flying a news helicopter, shooting footage for a local television station, when he noticed a huge mushroom-shaped cloud hovering over Phoenix. The cloud turned out to be a microburst – a downdraft that moves in a way opposite of a tornado. Meteorology experts say they are extremely dangerous, as they often have high winds that can knock over fully grown trees and wind shears can even cause fatal aircraft crashes.
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“We spotted this microburst as we were covering a dust storm near Phoenix,” Ferguson said
“And I instantly thought the same thing as everyone else…”
“It looks like an atom-bomb just detonated over Phoenix.”