A microburst occurred in Cagayan de Oro City yesterday, May 31, 2012 at around 12:55 noon to 1:20 in the afternoon.

This is according to our local storm chaser here who captured the picture shown above and gladly shared it with this blog. The weather event was spotted in the eastern part of the city with the microburst diameter from Lapasan to JR Borja Extension in Gusa near Galaxy area.

From wikipedia, a microburst is a very localized column of sinking air, producing damaging divergent and straight-line winds at the surface that are similar to, but distinguishable from, tornadoes, which generally have convergent damage. Another definition states that a microburst is a small, very intense downdraft that descends to the ground resulting in a strong wind divergence. The size of the event is typically less than 4 kilometers across. Microbursts are capable of producing winds of more than 100 mph causing significant damage. The life span of a microburst is around 5-15 minutes.

Fortunately, the microburst yesterday did not cause signifiant damage, just a few minutes of inconvenience to motorists. Evidently, it’s a sign of the ongoing climate change.

photo by Gene Eric

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