After doing a little research on the recent spate of severe damage just outside the Huntsville area I was able to determine that straight line winds, not tornadoes caused most of the damage in these ungifted areas. A few months ago I listened to an audio tape of Alan Watts who said if you look at things in nature such as trees, mountaintops, etc. you can see mother nature uniquely designs everything with squiggly lines and not straight lines. His comments about this was due to man’s limited way of way of thinking using his mind and not doing what comes natural. Mathematics and geometry most certainly come into play and the rest is history. The point I’m getting at is that when the storms came through, they came across the radar screen in a perfectly straight line that covered most of Alabama (from top to bottom) and part of Tennessee. This CLEARLY POINTS TO MAN-MADE TECHNOLOGY BEING USED. I believe they are unable to produce critical rotations for tornadoes so they may be utilizing the EXTENDED network in other states to create the straight line winds.
Here is some information I obtained about straight line winds and a more radical type of wind called a DERECHO (they may be producing with all the new million watt technology in work and all the upgrades taking place on the older NWS equipment below)
METEOROLOGIST JEFF HABY
There are several terms that mean the same as straight-line winds and they are convective wind gusts, outflow and downbursts. Straight-line wind is wind that comes out of a thunderstorm. If these winds meet or exceed 58 miles per hours then the storm is classified as severe by the National Weather Service. These winds are produced by the downward momentum in the downdraft region of a thunderstorm. An environment conducive to strong straight-line wind is one in which the updrafts and thus downdrafts are strong, the air is dry in the middle troposphere and the storm has a fast forward motion.
When the National Weather Service does a storm damage survey they distinguish between straight-line wind and wind produced from a tornado. Straight-line wind damage will push debris in the same direction the wind is blowing (hence the creation of the term straight-line). Tornado damage will scatter the debris in a variety of different directions since the winds of a tornado are rotating violently. This type of survey can be used to determine if straight-line wind occurred instead of a tornado or vice versa. Straight-line wind intensity can be as powerful as a tornado. Because of this some people in the general public will believe a tornado occurred when it reality one did not occur.
To reduce the damage from straight-line wind it is important to secure objects that can be blown by the wind. It is also important to keep trees well pruned. Tree branches falling on cars or houses produce a significant amount of damage in high wind events. Also make sure you are in a safe place when the straight-line wind strikes such as in the interior of a brick home. Storms with severe straight-line winds often also have hail and tornadoes.
https://www.spc.noaa.gov/misc/AbtDerecho … ofacts.htm
What is a derecho?
A derecho (pronounced similar to “deh-REY-cho” in English or pronounced phonetically as “”) is a widespread and long lived windstorm that is associated with a band of rapidly moving showers or thunderstorms.
Click here to hear how the word “derecho” is pronounced.
Because derecho is a Spanish word (see paragraph below), the plural term is “derechos”. In this case there is no letter “e” after the letter “o”.
What is the origin of the term “derecho”?
The word “derecho” was coined by Dr. Gustavus Hinrichs, a physics professor at the University of Iowa, in a paper published in the American Meteorological Journal in 1888. A defining excerpt from this paper can be seen by clicking here. Dr. Hinrichs chose this terminology for thunderstorm induced straight-line winds as an analog to the word tornado. Derecho is a Spanish word which can be defined as “direct” or “straight ahead” while tornado is thought by some, including Dr. Hinrichs, to have been derived from the Spanish word “tornar” which means “to turn”.
DERECHO PRODUCING STORMS
What kind of storms cause derechos?
Derechos are associated with a band of showers or thunderstorms that are often “curved” in shape. These bowed out storms are called “bow echoes”. A derecho can be associated with a single bow echo or multiple bow echoes. The bow echoes may vary in scale and may die out and redevelop during the course of derecho evolution. Further, derecho winds can be enhanced on a smaller scale by embedded supercells within the derecho producing storm system.
TYPES OF DERECHOS
STRENGTH AND VARIATION OF DERECHO WINDS
How strong are derecho winds?
By definition winds in a derecho must meet the National Weather Service criterion for severe wind gusts (greater than 57 mph) at most points along the derecho path. In the stronger derecho events winds can exceed 100 mph. For example, as a derecho roared through northern Wisconsin on July 4, 1977, winds of 115 mph were measured. More recently, the derecho which swept across Wisconsin and Lower Michigan during the early morning hours of May 31, 1998 produced a measured wind gust of 128 mph in eastern Wisconsin and estimated gusts up to 130 mph in Lower Michigan.
Are the strong winds associated with a derecho relatively constant in speed during the period the derecho exists?
The winds associated with derechos are not constant and may vary considerably along the derecho path…sometimes being below severe limits (57 mph or less) and sometimes being very strong (from 75 mph to greater than 100 mph). The patches of stronger winds embedded within the general derecho path are called downbursts and they are often in clusters. A derecho is made up of a “family of downburst clusters” and by definition must be at least 240 miles in length. An example of a derecho where the varying wind speeds are quite evident is the one that occurred on July 4-5, 1980.
What happens when a strong derecho hits a city?
As mentioned above, whether inside or outside a city, people are most at risk of being killed or injured when they are outside, in vehicles, or in mobile homes. Another factor that often affects large numbers of people after the passage of a derecho is the widespread loss of electrical power. And in large cities the power loss can affect hundreds of thousands of people. In some instances, portions of the city may be without electrical power for one to two weeks. Examples of large cities in which strong derechos resulted in long power outages in much of the metropolitan area include Kansas City, Missouri (June 7, 1982) and Memphis, Tennessee (July 22, 2003).
TORNADOES IN DERECHO ENVIRONMENTS
Can derechos and tornadoes occur with the same storm system? Derechos and tornadoes can occur with the same storm system. This is particularly so with strong, migrating low pressure systems that produce “serial” derechos. The tornadoes may occur with isolated supercells (rotating thunderstorms) ahead of the derecho producing squall line, or they may be associated with the squall line itself. An example of a serial derecho, with both extremely damaging straight-line winds and significant tornadoes associated with supercells embedded within the derecho producing squall line, occurred in Florida during the “superstorm” of March 12-13, 1993.
HISTORIC DERECHO EVENTS
What are some of the more significant derecho events that have occurred in North America?
Records indicate that many significant derecho events…causing severe damage and casualties….have occurred in North America (typically in Canada and the United States) during the last few decades. Listed below are the dates and areas affected by some of these events. By clicking on the individual event dates you can see the areas affected and learn some of the details about what happened.
Independence Day Derecho Events
July 4, 1969………….“The Ohio Fireworks Derecho”….MI, OH, PA, WV
July 4, 1977………….“The Independence Day Derecho of 1977”….ND, MN, WI, MI, OH
July 4-5, 1980……….“The ‘More Trees Down’ Derecho”….NE, IA, MO, IL, WI, IN, MI, OH, PA, WV, VA, MD
July 4-5, 1999……….“The Boundary Waters-Canadian Derecho”….ND, MN, ON, QB, NH, VT, ME
July 1995 Derecho Series
Series Overview…….Montana to New England
July 12-13, 1995……“The Right Turn Derecho”….MT, ND, MN, WI, MI, ON, OH, PA, WV
July 14-15, 1995……“The Ontario-Adirondacks Derecho”….MI, ON, NY, VT, NH, MA, CT, RI
Labor Day Derecho Events
Sept. 7, 1998…………“The Syracuse Derecho of Labor Day 1998”….NY, PA, VT, MA, NH
Sept. 7, 1998…………“The New York City Derecho of Labor Day 1998”….MI, OH, WV, PA, NJ, NY, CT
Serial Derecho Events
April 9, 1991…………“The West Virginia Derecho of 1991”….AR,TN, MS, AL, KY, IN, OH, WV, VA, MD, PA
March 12-13, 1993…“The Superstorm Subtropical Derecho”….FL, Cuba
Southern Plains Derecho Events
May 4-5, 1989……….“The Texas Derecho of 1989”….TX, OK, LA
May 27-28, 2001……“The People Chaser Derecho”….KS, OK, TX
Some Other Significant Derecho Events
June 7, 1982……………“The Kansas City Derecho of 1982”….KS, MO, IL
July 19, 1983………….“The I-94 Derecho”….ND, MN, IA, WI, MI, IL, IN
May 17, 1986…………“The Texas Boaters’ Derecho”……TX
July 28-29, 1986…….“The Supercell Transition Derecho”….IA, MO, IL
July 7-8, 1991…………“The Southern Great Lakes Derecho of 1991”….SD, IA, MN, WI, MI, IN, OH, ON, NY, PA
May 30-31, 1998…….“The Southern Great Lakes Derecho of 1998”….MN, IA, WI, MI, ON, NY
July 22, 2003…………“The Mid-South Derecho of 2003”….AR, TN, MS, AL, GA, SC
DERECHO EVENTS IN 2004 AND 2005
What derecho events have occurred in the United States in recent years?
The Storm Prediction Center’s severe weather records have been examined to determine those severe weather events that involve widespread damaging winds associated with convective storms. Information about these events, which include all the derechos that have occurred within the United States, has been gathered for the years 2004 and 2005. Click here to observe this information. (These records are preliminary and do not include the official National Weather Service report information listed in Storm Data. They also do not include reports from Alaska and Hawaii.)
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