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A sudden, powerful, localized air current, especially a downdraft.
- ‘Changes in wind direction associated with turbulence, caused by weather fronts, thunderstorms, microbursts, etc.’
- ‘From cold and frosty, through inches and inches of rain, to big and little heat waves, with a microburst or two thrown in, it's been a challenging rose season.’
- ‘A microburst only affects a path of 2.5 miles or less and lasts less than 10 minutes.’
- ‘In addition to damaging buildings and blowing down trees, microbursts blasting down to the ground are a major aviation hazard and have caused several crashes.’
- ‘With a flip of a switch, the same simulator will generate a microburst (powerful downdraft).’
- ‘There have been five major airline accidents and countless general-aviation incidents recorded in which aircraft flew into well-developed, highly reflective thunderstorms with wet microbursts.’
- ‘If the downburst is concentrated in an area less than 2.5 miles in diameter, it is called a microburst.’
- ‘Thunderstorms present aviators with many meteorological hazards: extreme turbulence and icing, low-level wind shear, microbursts, lightning strikes, and hail.’
- ‘Just as we can't tell if we'll hit a microburst and plunge down 300 feet unless we have Doppler radar, we also don't know what the EM environment is unless we measure it.’
- ‘Without warning, the powerful microburst left me with little to do except hang on.’
- ‘This distinguishes tornadoes from microbursts, which often do tornado-like damage and are often mistaken for tornadoes.’
- ‘At the time, I was looking for software to visualize my 3 - D model data of microbursts, severe downdrafts that sometimes descend from thunderstorm clouds.’
- ‘The most dangerous kind, a microburst, is caused by air descending from a thunderstorm.’
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