A microburst is a very localized column of sinking air, producing damaging divergent and straight-line winds at the surface that are similar to, but distinguishable from, tornadoes, which generally have convergent damage. There are two types of microbursts: wet microbursts and dry microbursts. They go through three stages in their life cycle: the downburst, outburst, and cushion stages. The scale and suddenness of a microburst makes it a great danger to aircraft due to the low-level wind shear caused by its gust front, with several fatal crashes having been attributed to the phenomenon over the past several decades. A microburst often has high winds that can knock over fully grown trees. They usually last for a couple of seconds.
Originally published in the November 2010 Juniper Berry Magazine
What is a Microburst?
National Weather Service
November 2010 Table of Contents
- Berry News
- Letters to the Editor
- Caution: Playing Politics With Lives
- A Maspeth Girl in Iwo Jima
- What is a Microburst?
- Gangster Government... Meet the Mob
- 9/16/10 Microburst
- Killy's Korner Nov/Dec 2010
- Community Spotlight: Tony Nunziato
- Forgot Prayer, 2 seized Pickpockets at Cemetery Say They Wanted to Honor the Dead
- AMAZING STORIES: Shot Himself In the Head John Leighton of Brooklyn Commits Suicide at Maspeth
- 'Tis the Season to Reflect!
- The day after tomorrow
- AMAZING STORIES: Fire Bombers Said to Pick Wrong Home
- AMAZING STORIES: Brooklyn's Mystery Cleared Up John Leonard's Stepmother Took Him to the Hospital to Die
- $50,000 Alienation Suit. John Cooper Arrested on Charge Made by C.N. Robinson of Maspeth, L.I
- AMAZING STORIES: Police Continuing Inquiry On Trees Have Not Yet Queried Man Linked to Queens Mystery ‒
- Early Middle Village School Days
- Murder After Reading Diary
- LaGuardia is Praised for Maspeth Charges. Group there Lauds Him for Linking "Phantom Village" to Rothstein Influence.
- J. Cotoia Construction
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