Posted: Sep 8, 2013 1:52 PM by MTN News
BILLINGS - The National Weather Service in Billings is describing the weather event Saturday night as a macroburst. A macroburst is "a convective downdraft with an affected outflow area of at least 2.5 miles wide and peak winds lasting between 5 and 20 minutes."
The weather service reports there definitely was not a tornado in the Billings area. This was a straight line wind event which goes to show why warnings should be taken seriously.
The macrobust event last night started on the west end of Billings and reached at least to Pompey's Pillar.
The airport measured a wind speed of 73 mph at 9:05 p.m. Saturday night.