Amateur filmmaker, Peter Maier, has created a viral sensation on the internet with his time lapse video, ‘tsunami from heaven’. Generating over 1.6 million views and 28,000 shares, the mesmerizing video has captivated people from all over the world on how beautiful nature really is. The cascading waterfall of rain shown in the video was filmed while Maier was staying at Lake Millstatt in Austria. As an avid mountaineer, Maier is used to carried multiple cameras on him during his adventures. The video captured by Maier shows a wave falling from the clouds so dense, resembling a tsunami coming from the skies that the people thought it was fake. He just so happened to be at the right spot at the right time, even quoted by Maier himself, “One can’t plan on capturing such images. It was a lucky shot." The video is quite satisfying to watch actually. Experiencing nature at its finest moments, feeding our planets greenery as if they were dying of thirst. There is violence and serenity in the viewing of this occurrence, a beautiful vision.
Video Credit: Peter Maier
Nothing about this time lapse video is faux, the weather phenomenon is known as a wet microburst. A microburst is an intense small-scale downdraft produced by a thunderstorm or rain shower. There are two types of microburst; wet microburst and dry microburst. Several fatal and historic air crashes have been attributed to the phenomenon and flight crew training now goes to great lengths on how to recover from a microburst.