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Microburst -- tornado's long-lost cousin

Similar to a tornado, a microburst can generate extremely strong vertical wind. Instead of an updraft like a tornado, a microburst is characterized by a rapid downdraft. Even though microbursts are commonly not as destructive as tornados, they can still produce wind speed well over 100 miles per hour. A microburst can also significantly increase the amount of rainfall or snowfall as the downdraft forces content from clouds to descend rapidly.