What is a Microburst
There are other weather patterns of greater frequency around here that cause damage.
Probably one of the most notorious would be a microburst created by a thunderstorm
A microburst is a type of downburst that only affects a small area. The winds from a microburst extend from the center of the storm over two-and-a-half miles or less, and the event generally only lasts a 15 minutes. In fact, most microbursts do all of their damage in five minutes or less! Wind speeds can reach 100 miles per hour or more during the storm. Microbursts can form very rapidly in the right conditions, and they are very difficult to predict.
All microbursts are caused by a violent downdraft in a storm, they are hard to detect on radar because they occur suddenly. Although a microburst is not a tornado, The National Weather Service states that the winds in a microburst can reach speeds that are similar to EF-1 tornadoes—and they can be just as, if not more, destructive. Along with being a threat to planes and people caught in the storm, microbursts can cause a wide range of property damage, including:
- Downed trees
- Roof damage
- Broken windows and punctured siding from flying debris
- Destroyed buildings and structures
- Damage to electrical poles and wires
- Damage from accompanying heavy rain and hail.