Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Downburst Very Near DFW International Airport

At 5:20pm, a downburst hit the ground near DFW International Airport (blue area).
The downburst was captured in the wind display of the
Terminal Doppler Weather Radar for DFW Airport.
This is a key part of the downburst warning system for aviation. 
The FAA is holding departures from the airport right now. The delay is 15 min. and increasing.
In the past, this might have resulted in a catastrophic airline crash but the warning system appears to be working as it should. Last week was the 25th anniversary of the last airliner crash due to a downburst. My story, written for the Capital Weather Gang, is here.

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