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Monsoon Safety Week: What is a microburst?

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TUCSON - In accordance with the National Weather Service, the News 4 Tucson 4 Warn Weather Team will discuss a different safety hazard each day during Monsoon Safety Awareness Week. Today's topic is damaging microburst winds.

In order for a microburst to develop, a thunderstorm must be present. Rain falling from the clouds evaporates, cooling the surrounding air. Cool air is much more dense than warm air & rapidly drops toward the ground. Once reaching the desert floor, the cool air spreads out. This process can lead to wind gusts as high as 100 MPH.

It is very common during the early part of the Monsoon for microburst winds to breed dust storms, especially along I-10 between Marana and Picacho Peak.

When a severe thunderstorm capable of damaging microburst winds develops, get indoors immediately and stay away from windows. 

Count on the News 4 Tucson 4 Warn Weather Team to keep you ahead of the storms during the Monsoon. Click here to track storms in your neighborhood with the News 4 Tucson Interactive Weather Map.

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