straight-line wind

noun

Definition of straight-line wind 

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

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The main threat is damaging, straight-line wind (30 percent chance), possibly from a squall line moving out of Ohio/West Virginia. Jeff Halverson, Washington Post, "‘Widespread damaging winds’, possible derecho, could affect the Washington region this evening," 14 May 2018 But strong, straight-line winds and large hail are possible, as well as isolated tornadoes across the Kansas City area, said Chris Gitro, meteorologist with the National Weather Service out of Pleasant Hill. Laura Bauer, kansascity, "Strong winds, large hail possible in second round of storms for KC area | The Kansas City Star," 19 May 2018 Nine tornadoes were reported from Texas to Iowa Wednesday with some straight-line wind gusts exceeding 100 mph. CBS News, "9 tornadoes hit Midwest; severe weather threatens 40 million across U.S.," 3 May 2018 A few of these storms could become strong to severe on both Thursday and Friday with hail up to 1 inch in diameter and straight-line winds up to 60 mph possible, according to the Weather Service. Robert A. Cronkleton, kansascity, "Thunderstorms return Thursday in KC; here's what it means for the weekend," 6 June 2018 Forecasters think that damaging straight-line winds will be the primary threat, but brief tornadoes can't be ruled out either. Leigh Morgan, AL.com, "More of Alabama faces risk of strong storms tonight," 24 Feb. 2018 Meteorologist Joe Sellers said investigators are also surveying damage in downtown Tulsa that may be due to a weak tornado or straight-line winds. CBS News, "Millions still under severe weather threat as storm winds down in central U.S.," 3 May 2018 Severe storms are expected to sweep across the Kansas City area Wednesday evening bringing the possibility of damaging straight-line winds in excess of 70 mph and large hail. Robert A. Cronkleton, kansascity, "Winds could exceed 70 mph, threat of tornadoes, as storms sweep through KC," 2 May 2018 A year ago, the zoo suffered damage after 70 mph straight-line winds slammed into Gulf Shores. John Sharp, AL.com, "Tuskegee man killed in single-vehicle crash," 17 Mar. 2018

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1849, in the meaning defined above

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