Monday, July 02, 2012

Derechos & The Ring of Fire: Storm Threat Continues

Most people have never heard of the term "Derecho" until this past week. A Derecho is a violent, long lasting straight line storm system that can reach severe limits. Its a term that Meteorologists rarely use because its somewhat technical and more so, because they don't occur very often. Unlike ordinary severe storms that pop up typically in summer, these are large complexes that can travel hundreds of miles. Derechos behave like a larger scale weather system which makes they especially powerful and potential destructive. Instead of slowing down, Derechos can GAIN forward speed which makes the forecasting that much more difficult.

This is what happened on Friday; a smaller scale event happened yesterday. The potential still exists for a repeat over the next few days.


Great swirl photo taken in Sandusky as the storm moved through

Notice how fast the line of storms moved from 2PM to 8PM.

75% of West Virginia was without power over the weekend.

The line continued through D.C. and off of the east coast

The "Ring of Fire" ahead of the heat ridge continues to act as the roller coaster sliding these storm clusters right into Indiana and Ohio. While the energy isn't quiet what it was Friday, the conditions for more storm clusters are still present.