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 Damaging straight-line wind gusts and large hail are the primary threats from Wednesday’s systems but a couple of embedded tornadoes are also possible. Leada Gore |, al, 5 Apr. 2022 Tuesday and Wednesday are shaping up to be highly volatile, with over 100 million people in the path of severe storms — which are expected to deliver destructive hail, strong tornadoes and damaging straight-line wind gusts. NBC News, 12 Apr. 2022 The weather service said the tornado was associated with a larger swath of 90 to 95 mph straight-line wind damage. Leigh Morgan, al, 4 Apr. 2022 The weather service said the storm started out producing straight-line wind damage east of Alabama State Road 17 in Gilbertown. Leigh Morgan, al, 25 Mar. 2022 In addition to the risk for tornadoes, the predominant risk with Wednesday’s storms will be straight-line wind damage. Dennis Mersereau, Forbes, 29 Dec. 2021 Supercell storms may also draw down momentum from the fast winds aloft to the ground, creating localized pockets of straight-line wind damage, or microbursts, as noted above. Washington Post, 1 Sep. 2021 Damage caused by derechos is frequently referred to as straight-line wind damage. Hannah Gard And Monica Garrett, CNN, 28 July 2021 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 See More

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First Known Use of straight-line wind

1849, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of straight-line wind was in 1849

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20 Aug 2022

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“Straight-line wind.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Sep. 2022.

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