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

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About a dozen homes were damaged by either straight-line winds or a tornado, Marshall County Emergency Management Director Hugh Hollowell said. Washington Post, "Suspected tornado in Mississippi from Barry’s wet remnants," 16 July 2019 The National Weather Service deployed teams Monday morning to assess whether damage across parts of Dallas-Fort Worth was the result of straight-line winds or tornadoes. Dallas News, "Survey teams confirm tornadoes touched down Sunday in Arlington, Fort Worth," 17 June 2019 Hinrichs coined it to distinguish straight-line wind damage from that produced by tornadoes. Joe Taschler, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Weekend looks to be warm and mostly sunny to start out with thunderstorms possible by Sunday," 25 July 2019 The National Weather Service already has done a preliminary investigation and determined that there were two tornadoes and straight-line wind damage from the supercell thunderstorm that crossed the area. Dave Epstein,, "Yes, these were strong EF-1 tornadoes spawned from a supercell thunderstorm," 24 July 2019 Dallas-Fort Worth saw significant straight-line wind damage on June 9. Jesus Jimenez, Dallas News, "Was it a tornado or straight-line winds? Here’s what survey teams look for after a storm," 20 June 2019 Any storms that develop today will carry the same risks: Damaging straight-line winds and small hail. Leigh Morgan,, "Another round of severe storms possible today in Alabama," 22 June 2019 At first it was believed a tornado hit the town, but after evaluating storm damage Thursday, National Weather Service survey teams determined the damage in Greenville was the result of straight-line winds that peaked at 85 mph. Loyd Brumfield, Dallas News, "Greenville hit hardest by storms with powerful winds, but no injuries reported," 20 June 2019 Severe storms, straight-line winds, flooding, landslides and mudslides damaged areas of Kentucky. Julia Fair,, "Northern Kentucky residents eligible for FEMA aid after spring storms," 7 June 2019

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First Known Use of straight-line wind

1849, in the meaning defined above

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