I very much doubt it was a microburst. We have a lot of experience with microbursts where I live. Microbursts can be seen as a dust cloud coming at you. It also would have affected the other riders. What you are seeing is a localized thermal. They spin up all the time on hot days and a big kite is perfect for riding the updraft. Note how close he was to the Farmer’s field which is a perfect spot for generating a thermal on a hot, sunny day. Thermals can be identified by watching birds of prey circle slowly upward on a hot day on the updraft of an invisible thermal.Based on the description from the kiter identifying a sudden rush of air, a location in the middle of the US/Canada farmland and if surface humidity was low, this was most likely a dry microburst. A pilot or ATC would have more experience in identifying the conditions of a dry microburst. These wind events are violent and can take down massive passenger jets in seconds while landing/taking off. Amazing kite skills to keep control of the 15m Chrono.
Hey,fernmanus wrote: ↑Thu Aug 05, 2021 4:45 amTone you caught a thermal. Staying calm is what saved you from injury. We have had it happen here on multiple occasions on water and snow, however, none caught on film. I have had it happen to me a couple times on the snow where thermal updrafts are more common due to the natural shape of hills. I have learned to stay calm and fly it out, but it is always scary!
funny, how you said you had a “tone” of lift.. The good thing is they have a tone of float and you can easily land softly and smoothly if you fly as you should.
I'm in boots on my foil kites............... on the snow.
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