June 2012 North American derecho

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What is a Derecho?
-Derechos are NOT simply large thunderstorms. This is a
common misconception.
-The term Derecho refers to the violent winds
themselves.
-Thunderstorms part of a derecho are often called bow
echoes due to the shape they make on radar.
How are Derechos Formed?
• Evaporating water cools
the air around it.
• Cool air sinks low to the
ground, creating strong
winds.
• The downburst then
sucks more dry air in,
feeding into a cycle.
Notable Derechos
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July 15, 1995
July 22, 2003
July 2006
June 29, 2012 (Our
subject today!)
The Numbers
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13 Hour period, from about 10 A.M. to midnight.
800 miles long, causing wind damage in 11 states.
13 people were killed.
Average wind speed about 65 miles per hour,
peaking at 91 miles per hour in Fort Wayne, Indiana.
• 4.25 million without power.
What Else Made this So Special?
• Only one sighting of a
tornado.
• State of emergencies
declared in Ohio,
Virginia, and West
Virignia.
• Derechos uncommon in
the Mid-Atlantic
Heat Wave!
The Derecho in Ohio
• The derecho hit Ohio
particularly hard.
• Estimated cost of
damage: 440 million
dollars.
• Although the storm began
near Chicago, it really
picked up steam in Ohio.
• Third most expensive
natural disaster in Ohio.
In Summary
• Derechos are a powerful walls of storms that cover
miles of land in high speed winds.
• Though they aren’t as well-known or common as
hurricanes, they are just as dangerous and cause just
as much damage.
• The sheer unprecedented scope of the 2012 derecho,
combined with heat wave that followed, make it
especially remarkable.
• You now have another reason to love Ohio weather!
Questions?
Citations: Information
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http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/capital-weather-gang/wp/2013/06/28/derecho-2012-tentell-tale-images-of-historic-land-hurricane/
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http://www.spc.noaa.gov/misc/AbtDerechos/casepages/jun292012page.htm
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http://www.accuweather.com/en/weather-news/deadly-super-derecho-strikes-m/67383
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http://www.weather.com/news/weather-severe/derecho-explainer-20120612
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http://www.spc.noaa.gov/misc/AbtDerechos/derechofacts.htm
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http://scijinks.jpl.nasa.gov/derechos/
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http://www.today.com/id/48024138/ns/weather/#.VEc1OvlzTuw
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http://www.daytondailynews.com/news/news/derecho-damage-approached-half-a-billion-dollarsi/nQ9rd/
Citations: Images
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http://www.crh.noaa.gov/images/iwx/Events/Jun29_2012/derecho_evolution.jpg
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http://images.bwbx.io/cms/2013-06-21/0621_tacobell_630x420.jpg
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http://img1.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20140410195921/pokemon/images/c/c0/025Pikachu_OS_anime_2.png
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http://media.maps.com/magellan/Images/centralamericarah.gif
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http://www.ok.gov/oid/images/tornado.jpg
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http://www.ct.gov/dph/lib/dph/communications/images/hurricane.jpg
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http://www.blogcdn.com/weather.aol.com/media/2013/06/derecho.jpg
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http://i.ytimg.com/vi/CexqCINa0Ro/maxresdefault.jpg
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http://www.earthlyissues.com/images/KATRINA-track.gif
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http://media2.s-nbcnews.com/j/MSNBC/Components/Photo/_new/120630_dc-hugetree.grid-4x2.jpg
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http://www.chronocompendium.com/images/wiki/thumb/a/af/Lavos_day.png/400px-Lavos_day.png
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http://www.spc.noaa.gov/misc/AbtDerechos/casepages/jun292012page.htm
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http://www.osu.edu/assets/site/images/home/apps/OHIO/o-h-i-o.png

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