Derecho Rakes Region

A rare Derecho wind storm ravaged parts of the region Friday evening. Tony has the science and folklore behind this savage beast of a wind.

 

Storms Quell Heat in Thunderous Fashion
 
A line of vicious thunderstorms ripped through the region early Friday evening packing the biggest wallop in weeks.
 
The squall line, known as a derecho (Indian name for straight line or arrow), formed near Chicago Friday morning then took a bee-line for our region late Friday afternoon and evening. For 10 straight hours the storm lined marched relentlessly toward our region feeding on the uncommonly hot record breaking air mass that saw one of the most scorching June days in local history.
 
Countless reports of wind damage, trees down and power outs have been reported especially in Southern Ohio and Central West Virginia. Said Hillary Stallow of Lawrence County Ohio, “there is no power in Proctorville, Chesapeake and Greasy Ridge. And it is hot!”
 
Reports of a plane flipped over at Yeager airport came courtesy of a wind gust to 77 miles per hour at 7:20 pm. That’s the second highest ever measured in Charleston. Just four years ago in March, a spring storm had mustered an 84 mile per hour wind.
 
The storms were thermodynamic in nature; from the Greek, thermo=heat, dynamic=energy. There was plenty of heat energy available for thunderstorms thanks to the 103 degree heat.
 
Things will settle down overnight as fog forms before another scorching day unfolds on Saturday.
 
We will have to keep an eye toward Chi-town again this weekend to see if new storms take the same path into our region, or travel farther north into Northern West Virginia and Pennsylvania.
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