Thye call the storm a Derecho: 2 dead, 1.5 million without power after storms rake D.C. area and it's gonna be 100° and humid for the next couple of days at least

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    Jun 30, 2012 12:25 PM GMT
    It was a weird kind of storm....a derecho.

    "Definition of a derecho
    A derecho (pronounced similar to "deh-REY-cho" in English, or pronounced phonetically as "") 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. "

    "The ferocity of the storm appeared to reflect the intensity of the daytime heat that set records across the region, as the mercury at Reagan National Airport rose to 104 degrees.

    As the storm raced eastward, fueled by heat and humidity, wind gusts were estimated as high as 80 mph near Fredericksburg, 79 mph in the Reston area, 76 mph in the Seat Pleasant area of Prince George’s County and at 60 mph in other spots."

    I pity....PITY....the people without electricity and therefore AC in this area. DC weather is pure hell in the summer anyway. Hot and humid. Like having a hot wet blanket wrapped around you. I know places like Arizona have higher temperatures. But I've been there and it isnt nearly as miserable without the humidity.

    Gott sei Dank! That I still have electricity. The storm was so strong last night, it caught the deck umbrella that I forgot to put down and lifted the umbella and metal table up and over the deck railing and dropped them in the backyard. I dont care I dont care I dont care I dont care as long as I still have electricity and AC.

    It's gonna be 100° again today. 1.5 million people are going to be very miserable!

    And referring to the "Do you drink tap water" discussion...It's nice to be able to filter your own water. altho this isnt where I live.

    "Meanwhile, the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission issued mandatory water restrictions Saturday for all residential and commercial customers in Montgomery and Prince George’s counties because the storms had knocked out power to WSSC’s two water filtration plants and other facilities."
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    Jun 30, 2012 3:54 PM GMT
    On Labor Day 1998, Syracuse and upstate New York experienced similar derechos. Winds were clocked at 77 mph in Syracuse, 89 mph in Rochester. Two people died, both at the NYS fairgrounds here in Syracuse. The last day of the fair was cancelled. Thousands of trees were uprooted, or snapped in half.

    I remember standing in my hallway during the height of the storm, looking out the front door of the apt. building. The sky was green with lightning. The Nat'l Weather Service estimates were 10- 20 lightning strikes per second.

    My street was without power for 6 days. Line crews from all over the northeast and Canada came in to help with the restoration of power. The crew who did my street were from West Virginia, as I recall.

    My heart goes out to you.
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    Jun 30, 2012 4:03 PM GMT
    It as CRAZY and very sudden and seemed to last quite a while. Trees gone (I hate that), but power back on this morning. Thanks for the explanation.

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    Jun 30, 2012 4:04 PM GMT
    I was at a bar near Dupont when the storm came through. It was crazy! Like a very strong hurricane, with wind and driving rain that just ripped the trees to bits. Branches were strewn all over. But once it passed, I was able to walk five blocks to the Metro, no problem.
    Thankfully, my apartment building did not lose power. icon_smile.gif
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    Jun 30, 2012 4:21 PM GMT
    Its going to be so hot in the D.C. area, I wonder if there will be pop-up storms again today that could cause more derechos. I hope that the people are save and they get their power back quickly.
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    Jun 30, 2012 4:40 PM GMT
    Keep a watch out for the Christian Fundi spin on this storm as "A SIGN FROM GOD" LOL !!!

    I listen to the Fundi preachers every now and then just to keep abreast of what the 'enemy' of gay rights are up to and I don't know how many times I've heard them use storms as signs from god that our country is heading in the wrong direction.

    One of the last such stories was statements from a Nationally known preacher over a record snow storm that fell on Washington, and the preacher claimed that the storm was sent bygod as a result of Washington making demands on Israel to give up land that god supposedly gave them. (SERIOUSLY, HE SAID IT !! ) LMAO

    Usually though their god brings down retribution on us here in the US because of civil rights for gays, that makes their god particularly angry. LOL, Kinda like Pat Robertson saying Katrina came from God against New Orleans.

    Maybe this time its because the Supreme Court ruled in favor of National Insurance for the poor. Ha !!! You think I'm nuts !!! LOL Listen to these fundi preacers and hear it for yourselves, they really believe and preach such nonsense.