Microburst in the Flint Hills

A microburst is descending in the rain shaft at right. 

I’m enjoying dinner and blogging at one of my favorite restaurants, the Grand Central Cafe in Cottonwood Falls. About an hour and a half ago, when I was south of Manhattan, I got some views of a microburst hitting the ground. That is it just reaching the ground, the rain shaft at the right side of the photo above.

The photo below shows the winds causing the rain shaft to spread to the north and south near the ground.

The radar shows a small cell to my west (I’m at the blue “bullseye”).

The Doppler radar winds show the distinct pattern of the winds spreading out to the north and south (arrows) associated with a microburst.

I have annotated the second photo to show the wind flow in the microburst.

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