Microburst Descends in Northern Texas as Severe Storm Intensifies

A microburst near Seymour, Texas – about 150 miles northwest of Dallas – was seen descending to the ground on May 4, as the National Weather Service (NWS) said a severe storm was intensifying in the region.

Chad Casey, the storm chaser who recorded and shared the sped-up footage, told Storyful, “in my 18 years of chasing, I have never seen this happen in real time.”.

Downbursts are defined by the NWS as strong winds produced by a downdraft, and are subdivided into microburst and macrobursts. A “microburst is a small downburst” that can strike a narrow area, last for only two to five minutes, and “produce destructive winds up to 168 mph (270 km/h),” the weather service said. Credit: Chad Casey via Storyful

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