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Sheridan County Sheriff Heidi Williamson said a microburst with speeds up to 118 mph destroyed at least nine small airplanes at the airport in Plentywood.
The National Weather Service computer showed a tornado with winds of 228 mph on San Jose and a total later of 38 tornadoes in the eyewall, others not well defined and numerous microbursts, Rios said.
Thunderstorms over the weekend likely produced microbursts in central and west central Ohio, with winds estimated over 60 mph.
Even before inspecting what was left behind, meteorologists had a hunch that the damage was commensurate with a tornado and not a microburst.
More than 150,000 homes and businesses went dark after Tuesday’s storms, which included four tornadoes, a macroburst and a microburst.
While the tornado threat was lower than on Tuesday, large hail and microbursts caused headaches in southwestern Oklahoma, where winds gusted to 106 miles per hour around dinnertime in the town of Frederick.
According to the company biography, Gilbert started a non-profit research institute and his company created a microburst insulin infusion pump for diabetes treatment.
A storm system is expected to create isolated thunderstorms that could cause microbursts that can produce sudden downward thrusting winds.
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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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