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.
Nope. Here in Virginia, we had a very similar storm in the mid-90s, and they just called it a straight-line wind. I swear I think they make up terms as they go along.
Another good-hot day to clean out the basement.
And a sign to clean out the White House basement
BUT, it turns out this usage goes back a long ways, all the way to 1877! From Wikipedia:
A derecho (Spanish: derecho "straight"), is a widespread and long-lived, violent convectively induced straight-line windstorm that is associated with a fast-moving band of severe thunderstorms in the form of a squall line usually taking the form of a bow echo. Derechos blow in the direction of movement of their associated storms, similar to a gust front, except that the wind is sustained and generally increases in strength behind the "gust" front. A warm weather phenomenon, derechos occur mostly in summer, especially June and July in the Northern Hemisphere. They can occur at any time of the year and occur as frequently at night as in the daylight hours.
Derecho comes from the Spanish word for "straight". The word was first used in the American Meteorological Journal in 1888 by Gustavus Detlef Hinrichs in a paper describing the phenomenon and based on a significant derecho event that crossed Iowa on 31 July 1877.
He chose "derecho" because "tornado" also is a Spanish word. Apparently the term "derecho" died out for 110 years until the publication of a paper in 1987 that resurrected it and it has become more commonly used to describe long lived convective straight-line wind events.
Obviously this change in our language is Iowas’s fault because of all the cars they were driving there in 1877! ;^)
Well, I guess a derecho took the steeple off of my stable in 1990; and I didn’t even know it.
This is the first time for me.
I think derecha is right, and derecho is straight.
Thanks for providing that info! Thanks to you I learned something new today. I love that! :)
Not until last Monday. Evidently, the term didn’t come into use until 2010, after a ‘derecho’ in 2009 & the weather service needed to call it something. Or so I’ve heard.
See ProtectOurFreedom’s #19. Here in MN, I guess the NWS has been calling these storms derechos since at least 2005. Here’s the weather page for my area today - http://www.crh.noaa.gov/wxstory.php?site=mpx
Thanks! I used to be fluent, but now my verb tenses are upwhacked and my prepositions seem to be hysterically funny.
"Has ANYBODY ever heard that term before (besides it being Spanish for "right")?"
I've never heard this in reference to a storm. Obviously whoever wrote this wants to introduce a Spanish-language term to U.S. weather reports.
Not even considered a warm day in these parts. If the temps hits 90 in the summer it is time for light jacket. Guess it is all in what you are used to.
FUBO FUBO FUBO.
Growing up in the 60s I remember very few people having air conditioning.
I guess thousands died and they just didn’t tell us about it.
Has ANYBODY ever heard that term before (besides it being Spanish for "right")?<
They probably meant to say, El Drencho.
It's Spanish for mucho agua.
I wish they would, and then get fired.
A derecho is a very, very strong straight line wind. While tornadoes rotate and are relatively isolated events, a derecho can stretch a hundred miles along a storm front carrying hurricane force winds.
I guess thousands died and they just didnt tell us about it.
Ditto. We didn't have air conditioning at home, in school, at work, or in the car, but I never heard of thousands of people dropping dead from heat back then. Like you, all I can figure is that "they" just didn't bother telling us about it back then.
As many have pointed out above the term “derecho” is not new. Derechos are more common in the northern plains/midwest and I believe Minnesota is the hot spot for them.
Derechos tend to create their own atmospheres and feed themselves. Being a weather nut (with 2 years of meteorology training in the 70’s) I’m very familiar with them. Just think of the small “bow echoes” you see from time to time on local radars and scale it up to a multi-state size, have it travel for hundreds of miles at a high speed and you’ve got an idea what they are.
“Has ANYBODY ever heard that term before”
Yes. It is a correct saying.
That part of the country has a different type of heat because of the humidity factor. I wll take 115 here in Yuma over 100 in Atlanta any day. That sticky heat sucks. Even the humidity we experience during our Monsoon season doesn’t compare to what the experience in the Southeast. That is why I love living in the desert!
It looks like he chose the spanish word for “straight” to describe these storms because he thought that tornado was based on the spanish word for “turn”.
That is why I love living in the desert!...and my swamp cooler. It will be over 100 here today but sitting outside on my back patio with the sliding door wide open it will will be a wonderful 80 degrees.
Can't use those swamp coolers in that eastern humidity. The whole place feels like a sweltering swamp. I'm with you. Keep the humidity.
82 degrees in Sacramento... feels like 81.