- a strong downward current of air from a cumulonimbus cloud, often associated with intense thunderstorms.
Origin of downburst
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- 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 velocitiesAlso called: microburst
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- 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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