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 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, "Mobile County tornado had estimated winds of 100 mph, National Weather Service says," 21 Apr. 2020 There will still be a threat of tornadoes and hail, but straight-line wind damage will be the main danger. Allison Chinchar, CNN, "Forecast for Easter Sunday includes tornadoes and hail the size of tennis balls," 12 Apr. 2020 Significant straight-line wind damage and hail to the size of tennis balls could occur. Leada Gore |, al, "What time will severe weather arrive where I live?," 12 Apr. 2020 In addition to lightning and hail that can kill livestock caught in the open, strong straight-line winds of up to more than 120 mph associated with thunderstorms knock down trees, power lines and mobile homes. Fox News, "Thunderstorm in Missouri blamed for deaths of more than 1,000 birds in one town, officials say," 5 Mar. 2020 Tornadoes, damaging straight-line winds and large hail all are possible. Max Golembo, ABC News, "Threat of tornadoes, large hail, flash flooding continues in South," 5 Mar. 2020 There will be the potential for tornadoes, damaging straight-line winds and heavy rain. Leigh Morgan, al, "Storms — and snow flurries? Both in the forecast for parts of Alabama this week," 3 Feb. 2020 Most of the damage was caused by strong straight-line winds. Leigh Morgan, al, "Update: At least 2 tornadoes confirmed from Saturday’s severe weather," 12 Jan. 2020 As this happens, the main threat from the storm system will transition from tornadoes early in the night to a greater proportion of straight-line wind damage by morning. Jeff Berardelli, CBS News, "Millions of Americans under threat of severe weather," 10 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of straight-line wind

1849, in the meaning defined above

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“Straight-line wind.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Aug. 2020.

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