Skip to comments.Lives in danger as many seek refuge from extreme heat
Posted on 07/01/2012 7:00:04 AM PDT by Oldeconomybuyer
(CNN) -- People in a huge swath of the United States are being urged to seek out shelters as needed on Sunday as a historic heat wave continues to bring sizzing temperatures -- including to some who have lost power.
Extreme heat is the leading cause of weather-related deaths in the United States.
Nineteen states were under excessive heat warnings or heat advisories on Sunday morning, according to the National Weather Service. Temperatures over 100 degrees Fahrenheit were expected in much of the Southeast.
Over the past week, nearly 1600 high temperatures have been broken -- including 140 all-time highs, according to the National Climatic Data Center. Statistics for Saturday, when more records were broken, were not yet available.
Meanwhile, a derecho -- or massive storm -- that moved across the Ohio Valley to the Northeast on Friday left 12 people dead and millions without power. Many remained without power on Sunday.
Some residents in the affected areas, particularly between Chicago and Washington, were likely to see high temperatures in the 90s or even 100 on Sunday, said CNN Meterologist Sarah Dillingham. "Even with areas seeing temperatures in the 80s to low 90s, no air conditioning will still pose a major threat."
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Barack Obama, Jan. 17, 2008
Barack Obama, May 16, 2008
Has ANYBODY ever heard that term before (besides it being Spanish for "right")?
We had power outages 2 days in a row here in southern Michigan and didn’t even have storms.
Clearly we need to close some more coal fired plants and raise some more windmills /s
Barack Obama, Jan. 17, 2008
Lets save the planet from ourselves from a nonexistent issue, then we can talk about those human lives being lost.
Politics fit's in there somewhere too I'm sure...
Let me be the first...
Cool and cloudy in Sacramento... “feels like” spring.
Coal is so passe'.
We have a million beautiful windmills and solar panels in the making to take care of our needs.
Well put up a big solar panel over my house so I can at least have some shade.
Damage in this part of Ohio is worse than Hurricane Ike brought, with straight line winds of 100 mph.
You are correct. However, it also means straight as in straight line winds, as opposed to tornadic winds. sd
Power outages predicted for the next several days in DC. If I were a liquor store owner, I’d be sheltering stock or doing the insurance paper work. Now.
My Toyota Sequoia makes me completely at fault! Evil times 10!
Perfectly lovely in the Sierra...
See, if they had more wind generators in DC they would have power! /s
I just said that very same thing. I have never seen that term used to describe a storm. Is it a new one being introduced to us Gringos for use in the United Americas?
We had a derecho here in MN in 2005 according to the National Weather Service. I don’t recall it being called that at the time. The forecast calls for the threat of one tomorrow.
I’m just glad it’s not an izquierda. Anything coming from the left is bad. ;)
****Has ANYBODY ever heard that term before (besides it being Spanish for “right”)? ***
Never heard of it. It is still a rain storm to me.
And a sand storm is a sand storm, not a “haboob” as they on the news are trying to call them now.
Sounds like some are trying to change the English language even more. Remember when NBC did it’s utmost to change the word “thunderstorm” to “thorm”?
“Has ANYBODY ever heard that term before (besides it being Spanish for “right”)?”
This storm is the first time I ever heard of “derecho” but according to NOAA it goes back to 1888:
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 the paper can be seen in this figure showing a derecho crossing Iowa on July 31, 1877. Hinrichs chose this terminology for thunderstorm-induced straight-line winds as an analog to the word tornado. “Derecho” is a Spanish word that can be defined as “direct” or “straight ahead.” In contrast, the word “tornado” is thought by some, including Hinrichs, to have been derived from the Spanish word “tornar,” which means “to turn”. A web page about Gustavus Hinrichs has been created by National Weather Service Science and Operations Officer Ray Wolf. The page provides information on Hinrichs’ background and on his development of the term “derecho” in the late 1800s. Wolf’s page also briefly discusses how the term “derecho” came into more common use in the late 1900s.
Facts About Derechos:
No, never ... and we lived in Texas and Oklahoma, places notable for storms and Spanish.
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