It was a scary moment at the Air Force Academy when a plane spontaneously took off during a microburst at the airport.
Although there were pilots in each, the planes began lifting off due to high winds. Some of the pilots chose to take off rather than allow the winds on the ground to dangerously lift the planes.
A microburst is a small downdraft that moves in a way opposite of a tornado and are usually found in strong thunderstorms .
Within a thunderstorm there are two types of microbursts: wet microbursts and dry microbursts. Wind speeds in microbursts can reach up to 100 mph which is equivalent to an EF-1 tornado.
Now if you want to see a wet microburst, check out how amazing that is HERE.
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