derecho

noun
de·​re·​cho | \ də-ˈrā-(ˌ)chō How to pronounce derecho (audio) \
plural derechos

Definition of derecho

: a large fast-moving complex of thunderstorms with powerful straight-line winds that cause widespread destruction

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The derecho is curving southeast, said CNN meteorologist Robert Shackelford, and is expected to move through the Dallas area to Louisiana Sunday evening. Amir Vera, CNN, "An Oklahoma woman drowned after her car was swept away by floodwaters," 23 June 2019 The area where Darnel died has seen a number of flash-flood and severe-thunderstorm warnings from the National Weather Service over the last 24 hours, all part of a fast-moving line of severe storms known as a derecho. Amir Vera, CNN, "An Oklahoma woman drowned after her car was swept away by floodwaters," 23 June 2019 The derecho rapidly swept through the western Caribbean after midnight March 13. Jeff Halverson, Washington Post, "The five most remarkable attributes of the Storm of the Century," 13 Mar. 2018 Por lo tanto, este Tribunal ordena que se permita el acceso a las partes demandantes a los certificados de defunción, por inclinarse la balanza a favor del derecho constitucional de acceso a la información. CBS News, "Puerto Rico ordered to release hurricane-related death data," 5 June 2018 Not all derechos are created equal and the 2012 case was at the high end of the spectrum. Jeff Halverson, Washington Post, "‘Widespread damaging winds’, possible derecho, could affect the Washington region this evening," 14 May 2018 In Washington, the gusts were stronger than both the derecho in 2012 and Hurricane Sandy later that year. Angela Fritz, Washington Post, "Wind gusts topped 93 mph in nor’easter, Boston storm surge falls short of record," 3 Mar. 2018 This does not necessarily mean a derecho, which depends on the storm intensity along its entire track. Jeff Halverson, Washington Post, "‘Widespread damaging winds’, possible derecho, could affect the Washington region this evening," 14 May 2018 The evening before, the East Coast was battered by a derecho, and the area around Monticello, New York, was unfortunate enough to be visited by a tornado. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, "We went to drive the new Ford Mustang—but a tornado messed things up," 17 May 2018

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First Known Use of derecho

1889, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for derecho

Spanish, straight (contrasted with tornado, taken to mean "turned"), from Latin directus — more at direct entry 1

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The first known use of derecho was in 1889

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