May 30, 2012 Super Derecho


May 30, 2012 introduced many of us to a new weather term.  I know it is the first time I’ve ever heard of it.   A super derecho is a storm system that has very high straight-line winds.  We saw a system like this most recently on June 30, 2012.   It had winds of up to 100 mph.   The storm knocked out electricity to parts of 6 states in the mid-Atlantic region for up to five days..  But this was not the first Super Derecho in our history.  Another occurred May 8, 2009.  And others in prior years.  But they do not happen very often.  For which we should all be thankful



8 thoughts on “May 30, 2012 Super Derecho

  1. Uncle yim! says:

    If you turn the picture upside down it looks like big wave crashing on the beach.

  2. Daddy says:

    I learned a new word!! Very cool

  3. Jenny Bodwell says:

    These pictures are amazing, Leah….just like you.

  4. Becky says:

    This photo is scary but also really beautiful. Where was this?

  5. I had never heard of this either Leah, until just recently. Amazing photo

  6. Beverly Naismith says:

    Leah, I have never seen this before. It looks unusual to see such long clouds. Do you think the Jet Stream is part of the cause? I have seen the Jet Stream when Grandpa and I were driving in Nebraska/South Dakota.

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