DISCUSSION: As of earlier today, very strong thunderstorms moved through parts of Central to Eastern Europe. In doing so, a few of these storms produced life-threatening wind events known as downbursts. Downbursts occur as a result of rain-cooled air located within the middle-to-lower portions of a given thunderstorm rushing down towards the ground and spreading out violently. These thunderstorm-induced wind events are often capable of producing severe wind damage to homes and businesses due to any loose objects in the region quickly becoming air-borne and impacting surrounding structures. Note how in the video below you can clearly see the trees being whipped back and forth very quickly in the rapidly changing wind direction and speeds. To learn more about this and other high-impact weather events from across Europe, be sure to click here!