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A storm system is expected to create isolated thunderstorms that could cause microbursts that can produce sudden downward thrusting winds.
Reopelle noted that the 9-hole course at Wing Park closed over the weekend until crews drained the course of excess water and tree debris left behind after a microburst and several storms.
The amendment has naturally created its own schisms in New York, a political microburst that has mostly divided Republicans from Democrats, and upstate from downstate.
A microburst is a burst of high winds in a storm that has the potential to cause damage at the surface.
How bad have 2017's pop-up thunderstorms, microbursts and hailstorms been?
The National Weather Service said the parameters will be in place for a few microbursts across north and parts of central Alabama.
The storm over Dallas on Monday was a wet microburst, as seen by the dark rain curtain spilling out of the cloud.
Wet microbursts are common in the South during the summer, according to the weather service.
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Did You Know?
Credit for the invention of the word microburst is generally given to tornado expert Tetsuya Theodore Fujita. Fujita first described these extremely intense wind patterns in 1974. He noted that microbursts are usually short-lived, lasting only 5 to 15 minutes, but that they are extremely dangerous, especially for aircraft, because they cause sudden unexpected changes in wind direction or speed. Since the mid-1970s, many airports have installed Doppler radar systems to help detect potentially deadly microbursts.
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