WATCH: Monsoon thunderstorms + garbage day = rainy mess in Las Vegas
LAS VEGAS -- It always seems to happen on garbage day, doesn't it?
It's the heart of the desert monsoon season, and residents in a Las Vegas neighborhood were treated to a rousing game of "Garbage Can Slalom" after an intense thunderstorm drenched the area with blistering rains and blustering wind speeds.
"INSANITY!" says videographer Magic Estrada:
It's when a cloud essentially lets go of a massive amount of rainfall that would be akin to taking a several hundred yard-wide diameter water balloon, and dropping it on the region.
As the "water balloon" (but really: Just very intense rain) hits the ground, it spreads out in, creating a sudden and intense wind along the surface. The result is a freight train of wind and rain that can cause instant flooding and wind damage. Wind speeds in microbursts can be 60-80 mph or stronger.
You can see this in action via another photographer who happened to catch the microburst in action before it hit his place. Watch the rain fall in buckets -- that's not a tornado, it's a clump of rain!
In this case, the intense rains caused localized flash flooding, which on garbage day, is an issue -- although the rushing waters will take anything left outside.
And in the Las Vegas area, Wetlands Park ends up consumed with trash after heavy monsoon rains.
"We found surfboards, the number of soccer balls and basketballs, mattresses, and yard debris," Elizabeth Bickmore, supervisor at Wetlands Park, told KSNV-TV.
The National Weather Service in Las Vegas reports 0.55" of rain was the peak amount received during the thunderstorms. It's more rain than much of the Pacific Northwest has seen since early June.