The weather is notoriously unpredictable. A well-dressed weatherman smiles brightly through your television on Monday morning, promising you a sunny day, only to be caught in a hailstorm and late for work in a dented car.
The weather can also be extremely dangerous. Tornadoes, hurricanes and blizzards, to name just a few, wreak havoc around the world every year, leaving death and destruction in their wake.
Below is a list of some of the most terrifying weather events on Earth that have been captured on camera or painted for posterity and served as a constant warning to seek shelter early.
In 2016, storm chaser Bryan Snyder was busy taking a time-lapse video of a storm over Tucson when he witnessed a rare sight. A giant mass of water seemed to plummet to the ground in what is known as a ‘rain bomb’ or microburst. Microbursts happen when a shaft of cooler air descends through heavy storm clouds and can lead to winds of 150 miles per hour that can rip trees clean from the ground.
Rain bombs mainly occur in the Midwestern United States and can be either wet or dry. They usually only last around 10 minutes but because of their sheer size, they look very scary.