derecho

noun
de·​re·​cho | \də-ˈrā-(ˌ)chō \
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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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 This photo shows lightning from the derecho of June 29, 2012. Kevin Ambrose, Washington Post, "The story behind positive lightning and its negative side effects," 26 Apr. 2018 The above list does not include summer thunderstorm outbreaks, including the June 2012 derecho, which is in a league of its own for wind damage. Jason Samenow, Washington Post, "Friday’s nor’easter may bring worst wind storm to Washington region since Sandy in 2012," 1 Mar. 2018 In fact, this tied a 71 mph gust recorded during the infamous 2012 Ohio Valley-Mid-Atlantic derecho. Jeff Halverson, Washington Post, "A mighty wind: Behind one of Washington’s worst-ever winter wind storms," 5 Mar. 2018 But the line of storms known as a derecho nonetheless hit Baltimore with sustained 70 mph winds, one of the region’s worst weather disasters in a generation. Scott Dance, baltimoresun.com, "Deadly 'derecho' storm hit Maryland five years ago," 29 June 2017

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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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