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Microbursts are caused by a collapsing thunderstorm. What happens is, a thunderstorm rides up and over some hot dry air. This causes the rain that the thunderstorm is trying to drop to evaporate, which in turn, causes that hot dry air to suddenly cool off. Cool air falls fast, in fact so fast in this case, that it steals all the energy rising up into the thunderstorm. The sudden downdrafts cause all of the storms energy and moisture to drop in place. It would be kinda like placing a bunch of the little green plastic soldiers on your patio and then standing up on a picnic table, pouring a pitcher of water straight down on them. As the water hits the concrete, there is no where for it to go but out sideways with great force. That is what causes all the wind damage.
It is very hard to predict a Microburst. Later, the ABC station showed their Viper Radar loop. Indeed, there were sheer indicators that popped up right over us right as the Microburst occurred. It only showed on radar for about a minute or two and then was gone, but it sure did a bunch of damage in the short time it was here.
There was a fantastic Microburst on Rock Creek in Clinton, Montana in the late 70's early 80's. There is a monument at the site and the surrounding area shows the devastation that these can cause. Almost as if the Jetstream drops to surface level...amazing destruction. Gigantic trees strewn across sveral mountainsides, all toppled like Colonial Soldiers or spent dominoes.
Oddly enough, there was another one in the late 90's about 5 miles away from the more famous "Microburst" site, there. This one was right along the Creek as well, but it was a much smaller event.