straight-line wind


Definition of straight-line wind

: a powerful, fast-moving surface wind that lacks a rotational pattern and that can cause widespread damage

Examples of straight-line wind in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Tee times were pushed back three hours after an overnight storm with straight-line wind of 90 mph knocked over camera towers and downed trees. Eric Olson, ajc, 11 July 2021 If not a tornado, then a sudden blast of straight-line wind could have been generated if part of the mesocyclone itself descended to the surface as a microburst-like downdraft. Washington Post, 2 July 2021 In all, 14 people died from the storms, with most stemming from the direct hit of the tornadoes and others from two straight-line wind gusts that toppled trees onto homes. USA Today, 17 June 2021 Storm hazards Tuesday will include hail, flooding downpours, tornadoes and damaging, straight-line wind gusts of up to 75 mph, according to AccuWeather. Editors, USA TODAY, 4 May 2021 Officials from the National Weather Service called the derecho likely the worst straight-line wind event in the area since 2004, according to CNN affiliate WTVF. Harmeet Kaur, CNN, 25 Dec. 2020 But any pockets of straight-line wind could be intense, with peaks gusts in the 60 to 70 mph range. Jeff Halverson, Washington Post, 3 Sep. 2020 Forecasters said the line of storms will weaken over the region after the same system causes straight-line wind damage in the western parts of the Midwest earlier Monday. Sarah Brookbank, The Enquirer, 10 Aug. 2020 The weather service in Birmingham also found widespread damage in Chilton, Coosa, Tallapoosa and Pike counties from straight-line winds as high as 95 mph. Leigh Morgan, al, 21 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of straight-line wind

1849, in the meaning defined above

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15 Jul 2021

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“Straight-line wind.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Aug. 2021.

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