Monday, July 2, 2012

I learned a new word this weekend.....


"Derecho".

"Derecho (a Spanish word pronounced similar to "deh-REY-cho" in English) is a widespread, long-lived wind storm that is associated with a band of rapidly moving showers or thunderstorms.  Although a derecho can produce destruction similar to that of tornadoes, the damage typically is directed in one direction along a relatively straight swath. As a result, the term "straight-line wind damage" sometimes is used to describe derecho damage. By definition, if the wind damage swath extends more than 240 miles (about 400 kilometers) and includes wind gusts of at least 58 mph (93 km/h) or greater along most of its length, then the event may be classified as a derecho."

I read the above information on this page, and you can read more if you click on the link. I have never heard of a derecho before.  One came through our area last Friday and left a lot of devastation in its path, trees fell on houses and cars and 800,000 in the Washington DC metropolitan area were out of electricity. Sadly there were also fatalities. We're having 100 degree plus temperatures and people are being warned about the dangers of heat stroke. There was no phone service and many were worried about being unable to call for emergency services if they needed them.

We are supposed to have more thunderstorms heading our way, though they are not expected as bad as the last one. It will hamper those hard-working heroes from the electric company trying to get everyone's services back to normal though.  Our electricity was out for several hours but it came back on late yesterday afternoon. Even though we were not able to use our phones for some strange reason we could text, and when our son found out we had no power, he invited us over.  Daughter-in-law missed all this because she is away on a course.