Man captures rare microburst wind formation over Austin during June 5th storms

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Published 10:01 am, Thursday, June 8, 2017

Texas weather has the reputation of dramatically changing in a very short amount of time and a recent video taken from Austin shows just how extreme the changes can be.

Victor Ituarte was taking photos of large cloud formations in the Austin area on Monday, June 5. When he noticed a large patch of blue sky between two sections of rain, he switched the camera to start filming. Story continues below.

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That formation he saw was a microburst wind event right above the downtown Austin area. From miles away, Ituarte described the moment as “awe-inspiring to witness” and he “almost teared up knowing I was seeing something special.”

Microbursts, also called “downbursts,” are a sudden downward burst of wind from the base of a thunderstorm. The air can rush towards the ground at speeds of 60 MPH before impacting the ground and spreading out in all directions, running parallel with the ground.

Alex Cristelli was working at La Condesa at the corner of West 2nd St. and Guadalupe St. in downtown Austin at the time of the microburst on Monday, June 5. She noticed outside the windows of the restaurant the weather beginning to get intense.

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 She also filmed the event on her cell phone in the middle of downtown area.

“It started pouring sideways out of nowhere and then it was sheet raining in whipping around,” Cristelli told “The winds started picking up and patio furniture was blowing down 2nd St, tree branches came down, and you couldn’t even see across the street.”

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