Saturday, June 30, 2012

Derecho 2012

From WikipediaA derecho (Spanish: derecho "right", pronounced [de̞ˈɾe̞tʃo̞][1]), is a widespread and long-lived, violent convectively induced straight-line windstorm that is associated with a fast-moving band of severe thunderstorms in the form of a squall line usually taking the form of a bow echo. Derechos blow in the direction of movement of their associated storms, similar to a gust front, except that the wind is sustained and generally increases in strength behind the "gust" front. A warm weather phenomenon, derechos occur mostly in summer, especially June and July in the Northern Hemisphere. They can occur at any time of the year and occur as frequently at night as in the daylight hours.

What was up there...
is now down here.

Simply put, tornado-force winds moving through in a straight line. More of the same weather is possible later today. Since I was outside all morning helping to set up for the Fredericksburg USPSA match tomorrow, I'm much too tired for chainsaw wrestling now. Cleanup will wait until a cool morning. I need some reserves left for tomorrow! Frankly, it's not going anywhere and the dog is loving the new, endless supply of sticks.

We were lucky, and for that I am thankful. Not so others.


  1. Yeah - I don't really care what they call it, but it was NOT FUN! Fortunately, I just have little stuff down around my place. I am very grateful that over the last few years I've had certain trees removed. 'Cause that was one ferocious wind.

    1. Yea, the noise was pretty intense too. I'll get to that tree eventually. :-)

  2. so--severe weather events in huge numbers all around the planet. maybe we should stop haggling over whether climate change is happening or who's fault it is and start looking for ways of ameliorating it.


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