Posts With Keyword ‘heat burst’

Rare Meteorological Event Causes Damage Before Tulip Time

Posted: Thursday, May 3rd, 2012 at 2:04 pm

The Winds that Struck Pella this morning were caused by a rare meteorological event, called a heat burst. Jim Lee with the National Weather Service explains that a heat burst occurs when a thunderstorm collapses and a dry layer of air heats up as its pulled downward. The burst are common in the high plains, but uncommon in Iowa. Still, they do happen a heat burst in Southwest Iowa last year produced 100 mph winds.

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