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Sydney, Australia, recently had a run of torrential rain and howling winds. The storms did something weird: they reversed waterfalls.

New South Wales was slammed by winds up to nearly 50 miles an hour this week, and off the coast of Royal National Park, the wind coming off the sea blew so hard it challenged gravity.

Known simply as “reverse waterfalls,” the phenomenon isn’t anything new, but it’s still spectacular to see. Some of the waterfalls in Royal National Park are over 300 feet tall, making it a popular tourist destination — popular, at least, when tourism was still a thing. The storms that created the reverse waterfalls included thunderstorms, gale-force winds, and torrential rain, which prompted officials to issue several flood evacuation orders.

Reverse waterfalls have previously been seen at Rjúkandi Waterfall in Iceland, Amboli in India, and the Peak District in the UK.


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