a strong downward current of air from a cumulonimbus cloud, often associated with intense thunderstorms.
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How to use downburst in a sentence
There’s also a risk of damaging winds, mainly in downbursts from collapsing storms.PM Update: Scattered strong storms may produce flooding through evening | Ian Livingston | August 5, 2022 | Washington Post
British Dictionary definitions for downburst
a very high-speed downward movement of turbulent air in a limited area for a short time. Near the ground it spreads out from its centre with high horizontal velocities: Also called: microburst
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Scientific definitions for downburst
An extremely powerful downward air current from a cumulonimbus cloud, typically associated with thunderstorm activity. Downbursts can produce effects that resemble those brought about by tornadoes.
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