Talk:Downburst

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how is a downburst anything like a tornado?[edit]

this reference seems confusing. downbursts are straightline winds and tornadoes are a tight rotating column of air. visibly, they are easily distinguishable. Joeyramoney 17:31, 25 April 2006 (UTC)

Changed the text within the article to make it more obvious to the reader that tornadoes and downbursts are completely differnet phenomena. Thegreatdr 11:48, 24 October 2006 (UTC)
People on the ground who only have a very local view of whats happening can easily mistake a downburst for a tornado. http://thevane.gawker.com/explaining-microbursts-one-of-natures-most-dangerous-w-1643929336. This is probably because of the more famous nature of Tornados which gain wide media coverage and are depicted in media a lot. Nickmilleruk (talk) 10:41, 26 July 2017 (UTC)

Inline citations needed[edit]

...if we're ever to get this article to GA. I restructured the article to have sections and an actual lead. Thegreatdr 13:36, 28 May 2007 (UTC)

Cleanup[edit]

The definition section starts well, but then appears to get off track with mentions of a CGC (??) and some confusing talk about straight-line versus other winds. -- Taral 10:03, 26 June 2007 (UTC)

The reason for the unevenness is becuase two seperate articles (Straight line winds & Plough Winds) were merged into this one around a month ago. I have it on my list to try and make better sense of everything but haven't quite gotten there yet. Gopher backer 17:01, 26 June 2007 (UTC)

I think that this article does need some citations within the article. This article also needs expansion. THis article has potention to be very good with some cleanup Juliancolton 22:39, 5 November 2007 (UTC)

"As the cold air balloon hits the ground it spreads out and a mesoscale front can be observed as a gust front." Is this written for 5-year-olds or just idiots? I get the analogy, but the extended use in this sentence is utter ridiculousness. It tries to bring this imaginary thing into existence. --84.250.188.136 (talk) 04:45, 12 July 2008 (UTC)

Merge with Microburst[edit]

Microbursts and Downbursts are essentially the same phenomenon on a different scale. The Microburst article is superior in many respects to this one but there are some great images int his article which should be moved. Please discuss the possibility of a merger.Theonlysilentbob (talk) 00:08, 26 January 2008 (UTC)

I'd go along with a merger. From my understanding, a microburst is simply a type of downburst. I would guess that most of the microburst article could actually be considered a downburst instead. I'd be curious if there are different definitions though depeneding on what country you're in. Gopher backer (talk) 17:40, 1 May 2008 (UTC)
Microbursts and macrobursts are subclasses of downbursts. If there is a merger, it would be into downburst, not the other way around. Thegreatdr (talk) 18:46, 10 July 2008 (UTC)

nav template[edit]

Should {{Weather}} be on this article, since it is listed on it? Huw Powell (talk) 20:20, 12 June 2011 (UTC)

Needs a more international and general perspective?[edit]

"Such straight-line wind events are most common during the spring when instability is highest and weather fronts routinely cross the country." This reads to me as a very US centric perspective. I have just experienced a downburst, possibly a microburst from a thunderstorm in Romania in mid summer. It should be made clearer, if this wording stays at least it should say "In the United States of America, these are most common in spring..." Some information on where downbursts are likely to occur, what latitudes, what types of geographic properties encourage them, what other weather is a prerequisite for their development would be a useful more general way of describing the situations in which one might find a downburst Nickmilleruk (talk) 10:48, 26 July 2017 (UTC)

@Nickmilleruk:I agree on a more international perspective would be good, I don't know how much info I will find an international downbursts, but I will look. I think they occur wherever there are strong thunderstorms, but i need to find a source for this. Tornado chaser (talk) 15:41, 26 July 2017 (UTC)