Monday, August 23, 2010

a lesson in meteorology

what is a microburst?
and why isn't it called a macroburst?

August 21, 2010 our home, along with many other homes, were held hostage to a microburst. 

a microburst is described as  a small, very intense downdraft that descends to the ground resulting in a strong winds. the size of the event is typically less than 2 1/2 miles across. microbursts are capable of producing winds of more than 100 mph causing significant damage. this is equivalent to an EF1-EF2 tornado. the life span of a microburst is around 5-15 minutes.

and below is the damage that can occur in 5-15 minutes.

who needs fences?

the yard two down is missing a trampoline.... 

maybe this is it?

our roof needs a band-aid....

the blessing of this event is watching our neighbors pull together and help each other.  our street is simply amazing.  we were not home when this microburst hit, but our neighbors checked our windows (many had blown out windows), checked to make sure our dogs were safe, and were there to greet us and warn us of the damage when we got home.  they helped with the cleanup and never complained.  

lessons learned:
1) it could have been a lot worse
2) we have amazing, wonderful, generous neighbors
3) maybe we should live in a world without fences.

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