Weather Tidbits: Microburst
Microbursts are checked out in this Weather Tidbits. It begins begins with dry air near the cloud and evaporative cooling inside the cloud; which falls and accelerates. This downward air is forced outward that can produce winds up to 150 mph over a small area up to 2 miles. If the area is over 2 miles, it is known as a macroburst. Both are known to create heavy damage blowing down trees, poorly built structures and sailing vessels. They have also been known to create airplane crashes due to their rapid change of wind speed and direction; known as wind shear affecting the control of the airplane.