Eos, Transactions American Geophysical Union

Microburst Project takes off

Authors

  • Anonymous


Abstract

A new radar system implemented on June 22, 1987, in Denver, Colo., will make possible much more detailed and timely forecasting of thunderstorms and microbursts, according to Jim Wilson of the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) in Boulder, Colo. Microbursts are extremely strong downdrafts of air that are occasionally associated with thunderstorms. When the bursts change direction from vertical to horizontal near the ground, the resulting conditions of wind shear can disable an aircraft during landing and takeoff.