Post by Andrew Freiden 4/1/2015
I PROMISE this post is not an April Fool's Joke
Yesterday afternoon, it was warm and windy. At 3pm, the RIC temperature hit 73°. Then it stayed around there for a few hours before dropping quickly as a cold front arrived.
Or did it? Check out what happened next:
WHAT?! The text you just read was from the National Weather Service's Wakefield office. 48kts is roughly 55 miles per hour. There were no other areas that reported gusts that high yesterday.
So: What happened? Here's description of a heat burst from the NWS office in New Mexico:
You can read their whole post here:
Last night's cold front passage provided the perfect ingredients for a small-scale heat burst, as a line of gusty showers was falling apart between 8-9pm. Plus, the air was very dry yesterday. Dew points were in the 20s while temperatures were in the 70s. That means a LOT of rain was lost to evaporation, so the
It's something you may NEVER experience again but something that boggles the mind. Keep in mind, ours was a mini heat burst. Want to hear a great description of a mega heat burst? Check out this video from the NBC affiliate in Wichita, Kansas Heat Burst