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Features June 2017 Issue

Windshear Weather

As was common at Denver’s Stapleton Airport, airliners were struggling with the winds. Dr. Theodore Fujita analyzed the radar data to produce this graph.

Windshear Weather

In any of its various forms, strong windshear can present an aviation hazard requiring us to make alternate plans. Here’s a close look at this sometimes-invisible threat.

Last month, “Handling Windshear,” described how to recognize, avoid and, handle an encounter with windshear. The focus of that article was the practical side of piloting but we necessarily touched on the basics of the weather behind thunderstorms, microbursts and windshear. Now it’s time to dig deeper into that meteorology.

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