'A microburst is a localized column of sinking air (downdraft) within a thunderstorm and is usually less than or equal to 2.5 miles in diameter. Microbursts can cause extensive damage at the surface, and in some instances, can be life-threatening. Some microbursts can pose a threat to life and property, but all microbursts pose a significant threat to aviation.'
Windshear induced by a microburst is what caused the crash of Pan Am Flight 759 on July 7, 1982 in the Morningside Park neighborhood in Kenner, about a mile from the end of the runway at New Orleans International Airport. The crash killed all 145 people on board and 8 people on the ground in one of the deadliest days in New Orleans Metropolitan history. This painting is one of two that I have made about the crash of Pan Am 759 with 'Morningside Park' being the other. I can't help but feel a connection as a Louisianian to this event even though it happened before I was born.