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I was watching the weather channel yesterday, it was about weird weather. My question is about that. How does Microbusts look on radar and can they sometime be the reasons for some of some tornadoe warnings? And no I never seen one here but saw videos of it.
 

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Microbursts are distinct phenomena from tornadoes. Tornado warnings should never be issued for microbursts. However, a severe thunderstorm warning will likely be issued for a thunderstorm suspected to be capable of producing microbursts with winds in excess of 58 MPH (50 knots).
 
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Microbursts are distinct phenomena from tornadoes. Tornado warnings should never be issued for microbursts. However, a severe thunderstorm warning will likely be issued for a thunderstorm suspected to be capable of producing microbursts with winds in excess of 58 MPH (50 knots).
Thanks CheeselandSkies. That answered one part of my question but what does it looks like on radar?

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I believe they look like a skinny line of storms pushing out from the actual storm, Similar to how the sea breeze looks when it moves up from the FL panhandle in the summertime. We see what appears to be a line of storms but when it gets here its just a wind shift strong enough that it shows up on radar as precip
 

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I believe they look like a skinny line of storms pushing out from the actual storm, Similar to how the sea breeze looks when it moves up from the FL panhandle in the summertime. We see what appears to be a line of storms but when it gets here its just a wind shift strong enough that it shows up on radar as precip
Like color blast with lines in it going out ward. I see. Thanks. Now I know what they look like.

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What I was actually thinking of was gust front but Microbursts produce gust fronts.

A microburst is an intense small-scale downdraft produced by a thunderstorm or rain shower. There are two types of microbursts: wet microbursts and dry microbursts. They go through three stages in their cycle, the downburst, outburst, and cushion stages also called "Suriano's Stroke".[1] A microburst can be particularly dangerous to aircraft, especially during landing, due to the wind shear caused by its gust front.
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