El Pasoan captures impressive microburst from airplane

EL PASO, Texas (KTSM) - Dr. Alfredo Maldonado and his family were heading to Denver from El Paso International Airport around 4:30 p.m. Wednesday afternoon when they witnessed one of the most magnificent examples of a microburst storm documented in the area.

The storm popped up directly overtop of the National Weather Service offices and radar in Santa Teresa around 3:30 p.m. Wednesday and quickly produced heavy downpours resulting in a Severe Thunderstorm Warning.

A microburst is a sudden downdraft of air and precipitation that rarely spreads wider than 2.5 miles in width, but can produce serious rain, hail and outflow wind damage. Damage caused by strong microbursts can sometimes be confused with tornado damage.

Maldonado says the family was heading to Denver when he spotted the cloud out of the left side of the plane and quickly took the opportunity to snap the picture.


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