First I want to tell you what a derecho is, by the way in Spanish means (straight). It is a very long lived intense wind storm. It can have winds of 58 miles and above. Though fairly rare, the last Super Derecho was on May 30 2012. It started with a warm front and, the jet stream (fast flowing air currents) separating the warm air from the cold which is made instability around the jet stream. Those same conditions are present now. That’s why weather forecasters are saying a derecho could occur, on Thursday or today (Wednesday).
About 1 week ago there were 3 veteran storm chasers killed by a EF5 tornado. It had a 16 mile path, 40 mins on the ground,and 2.6 miles wide in a matter of seconds, can you believe it broke the record. The old record was 2.5 miles wide set on May of 2004. It had winds at about 295 miles an hour -wow! I need a chill pill! The tornado hit at rush hour. When I heard about it I thought there would be more deaths than there were, but there were only 10 deaths thank you Lord! The tornado was south of El Reno. they believe it got to it strongest point at highway 81. They think it got up to 300 miles an hour! If the tornado had gone through a more populated area, the devastation would have been worse. (back to topic) The veterans names were Jim Samaras, Tim Samaras (the brother), and Paul Samaras (Tim’s son). How sad is that dad, brother, and son killed doing something they love ;( . They all lived in Colorado and, chased in the tornado ally. The Weather Service in Norman, Oklahoma said they did tornado research.