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  • n. Plural form of downburst.


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  • Her father was a professor of meteorology at the University of Oklahoma who specialized in "mesoscale," or human-level, weather events such as the effects of downbursts on airplane landings.

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  • Some scientists also suspect that the thunderstorms that occur near the eye of a hurricane can produce very strong downbursts (vertical downward movements of air).

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  • In it, he suggested that at least eight major airline accidents that had claimed 514 lives since 1964 could be attributed to downbursts.

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  • His theory was that there had been three downbursts, or microbursts, as he later called them, within an eighteen-minute period.

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  • There were some defininent downbursts that caused winds to gusts over 60 mph right here which was amazing and slightly scary to be in.

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  • Mike Beebe said he had never seen the state suffer so many deaths from straight-line winds - sudden, violent downbursts that struck with hurricane force in the middle of the night. Front Page

  • The 100 mile and hour winds, referred to as multiple intense downbursts, blew straight, and not in a spiral pattern, indicative of a tornado.

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  • Chief threats include hail, strong downbursts of wind and heavy rain.

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  • But downbursts and drenching showers swept through Brevard Community College's Palm Bay campus, where the festival was held.


  • The rotating updraft of a supercell (called a mesocyclone when visible on radar helps the supercell to produce extreme severe weather events, such as giant hail (more than 2 inches in diameter, strong downbursts of 80 miles an hour or more, and strong to violent tornadoes.

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