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Microbursts are a rare weather phenomenon that occur in summer or early fall. A microburst occured in Cortez in September, and knocked a tree onto a house. KSJD's Austin Cope spoke with local weather observer and meterologist Jim Andrus to learn more about these phenomena and how they occur.

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KSJD's Austin Cope spoke with local weather observer and meteorologist Jim Andrus about the changes we expect as autumn begins.

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The Cortez area normally receives nearly half its annual precipitation during the traditional monsoon season of July through September.

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A brief but intense windstorm blew down trees and caused a power outage when it swirled through Cortez Monday afternoon.

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Lightning struck and killed a 24-year-old Durango man around noon on Sunday while he was mountain-biking near the Lizard Head Wilderness Area south of Telluride. The San Miguel County Sheriff’s Office said in a release that John Daniel Huisjen was biking with his girlfriend on the East Fork Trail when a thunderstorm moved in. The couple and other cyclists sought shelter below tree line but Huisjen was hit. An off-duty Telluride EMT started CPR, but life-saving attempts proved unsuccessful. Huisjen’s girlfriend was treated for non-life-threatening injuries and released.