Monday, May 11, 2009

Derecho: Land Hurricane

The other day, when Facebooking/blogging about the storm that slammed into Southern Illinois, I noted that its winds were hurricane force. Well, check this out:

Ok, technically it was not a hurricane that ravaged Kansas, Missouri, Illinois and Kentucky, it was an event known as a derecho (Spanish for the word "straight"). The long-lived, violent straight-line windstorm killed six people, damaged hundreds of homes and knocked out power to more than 200,000 residents.
Also, look at this amazing animation of the storm. Notice we here in Springfield were recipients of rain from the northern and less violent portion of the storm.

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