Super Derecho Pictures - crazy cloud photos of rare weather event!
Not just a storm, more like a tornado!
I learned what a Super Derecho (pronounced der-ray-show) is days after having experienced the rare event myself. This happened June 29, 2012 and went from Illinois to Virginia, leaving millions of trees down, millions without power, and even more millions wondering, what the heck was that?
Rare Super Derechos may become more common.
What have we learned? What should we do?
- Educate the public about Super Derechos, they may become more common as the earth warms, and rate them by the energy released, not just speed at ground level. For aviation, it's important to know at higher elevations. Also because the tops of trees get broken off (speaking from personal experience).
- Create a warning system adequate for the large area affected, similar to hurricane warnings but much more rapid and urgent, especially since straight-line winds arrive sooner.
- 90% of the power lines knocked out by the storm ran north-south, since the wind came from the west. Bury all the power lines accordingly starting with the ones already repeatedly knocked out by this and other storms.
- Be ready for it after super hot days such as the record heat of 100+ degrees across the Midwest USA just prior to the event. The energy build up required for a Super Derecho is incredible. 21.1 Gigawatts?!!!
First step is what to call it. So far:
- Bow Echo
- Straight-line wind
- Gale burst
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