This wont mean much to the rest of you but my particular area of interest or rather the surroundings area I operate in is under a great risk of severe weather tomorrow. Accuweather, a source I don’t use so often for reasons in which I will blog this week, is reporting that the eastern sea board specifically between Pennsylvania and Georgia is going to be hit by a straight line of storms that are very severe and have a very high chance for tornatic activity. Just to highlight the concern they put out a nice little info-graphic that shows the danger area and then my area…in a deep angry burgundy indicating the highest risk for tornatic activity. This area is geographically situated it seems to get severe storms and to produce rotation so tomorrow may yet be a very busy day for me.
So what is this storm? It’s a Derecho. Wikipedia says it like this: A derecho is a widespread, long-lived, straight-line wind storm that is associated with a fast-moving band of severe thunderstorms. So what is is a very uncommonly strong bow shaped storm system that is very prone to areas of rotation and in specific high winds. Hail might be a factor but I hope not because I just painted the wheels on the Storm Xterra. This storm in particular is expected to have a wind speed of 80 mph on average and will almost certainly cause property damage. Flash flooding is always a risk but this storm will dump a lot of rain down so it is even more of a storm. So if you are in this line storm’s path…stay out of it.
I’ll have a site update sometime tomorrow in addition to my usual posting. If you wanted to know where I was in the last week it was Georgia…and it was damn hot. 105 degrees and NWS Charleston was putting out all sorts of heat warnings. Hears hoping my storm alarms don’t go off tonight when I am sleeping!
If you didn’t know what a Derecho was this video will help you understand some. A thank you goes out to the weather crew at USA Today for making a video and outlining it for the public in layman terms.