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

Examples of derecho in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The last time Appalachian Power did was for the derecho and Hurricane Sandy storms, although the requests came a couple years later. NBC News, 6 May 2021 The most notable such events this year were the wildfires in the West, the multitude of hurricane landfalls along the Gulf Coast, and the extremely strong derecho in the Midwest. Jeff Berardelli, CBS News, 10 Dec. 2020 Hurricane Laura devastated parts of the Gulf Coast last month, while swaths of Iowa are recovering from a derecho that brought hurricane force winds to the Midwest. Aamer Madhani, Star Tribune, 10 Sep. 2020 Although the Coast Guard said the lift boat capsized during a microburst, a National Weather Service meteorologist said the system was more like an offshore derecho. Kevin Mcgill, Anchorage Daily News, 14 Apr. 2021 Torrential thunderstorms and hundred-year floods have become regular events in the Midwest, and anyone who lived through Iowa’s recent derecho knows that no place is truly safe from the ravages of nature. Editorial Board Star Tribune, Star Tribune, 15 Sep. 2020 But the derecho, a straight-line windstorm, was relentless. NBC News, 20 Apr. 2021 National Weather Service meteorologist Phil Grigsby said the system was an offshore derecho — or straight-winds storm., 15 Apr. 2021 Weather service meteorologist Phil Grigsby said the system was an offshore derecho — or straight-winds storm., 15 Apr. 2021

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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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18 Jun 2021

Cite this Entry

“Derecho.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Jun. 2021.

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