Discovery of Microbursts Leads to Safer Air Travel
A gust front photographed in South Florida during the Florida Area Cumulus Experiment.
Credit: NOAA, Irv Watson
Research by NCAR and collaborators in the 1980s uncovered the deadly one-two punch of microbursts: aircraft level off when they encounter headwinds, then find themselves pushed to the ground by intense downdrafts and tailwinds.
Credit: University Corporation for Atmospheric Research