Sunday, January 13, 2013

The Derecho of 2012 from Accuweather

As I concluded Wild fires of 2012 from Accuweather:
Stay tuned for videos about last summer's derecho and two hurricanes.
2012 in Review: Super Derecho

A wall of wind produced widespread damage from Indiana to North Carolina on June 29, 2012.
Fortunately, the storm missed metro Detroit, passing just south of the Michigan state line.  That didn't keep me from blogging about it in Heat wave and other weather and climate stories from Discovery News, where I excerpted a Discovery News article: DC Derecho Disaster Explained
Analysis by Christina Reed
Mon Jul 2, 2012 08:50 AM ET
As the millions of people still without power today will attest, that was no ordinary wind storm on Friday.

An event that reportedly happens about once every four years, a fast and furious thunderstorm formed west of Chicago at about 11 a.m. and then raced at speeds upwards of 60 mph in a straight line across Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, West Virginia, Virginia, Maryland, and Washington, D.C. and out over the Atlantic Ocean by midnight, according to news reports.

Meteorologists call this kind of straight-lined fast moving thunderstorm a derecho. And this Friday's derecho already has its own wiki page.
That linkspam entry contains all kinds of material about last year's drought in addition to the heat wave and derecho.  I concluded it with this observation.
[A]re more of your readers convinced about global warming after the past two weeks' heat wave? They should be. This is what global warming looks like.
I'll have more about what cliimate change looks like along with posts about hurricanes Issac and Sandy later this week.  Right now, it's time to play Rift with my wife.

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