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Old 12-11-2009, 04:00 PM   #15
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The sudden, violent change in windspeed and direction you experienced was most likely a result of a microburst.

These are sometimes detectable (airports are extremely wary of them), but completely unpredictable. They usually last only a few seconds but can last a few minutes.

270kph is about 168mph, so you would have encountered one of the strongest possible!

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