DERECHO

Back in July, a friend emailed me about a weather phenomenon called a “derecho”– a “bad weather event.”

She wrote. “We had strong thunderstorms with especially bad winds that just built upon each other again and again.” She was in her car riding home. She drove over the mountain in the severe storm. “What an experience.”

Weather geek that I am, I looked up that unfamiliar weather word. Wikipedia defines derecho as “…a widespread, long-lived, straight-line wind storm that is associated with a land-based, fast-moving group of severe thunderstorms.” This is commonly known as a thunderstorm complex that produces damaging wind swaths of at least 250 miles with wind gusts exceeding 60 mph. Not to mention flash flooding.

Can you imagine driving through that? I can because, well, I’ve been there. Only then, we were calling the squalls “severe thunderstorms.” The winds were not quite like a tornado but had near enough hurricane-force winds. They seemed to drill right through me with lashing heavy rains.

I felt like rocks were pelting me. Oh, wait!  Did I tell you I was riding a motorcycle?

            The hubs (my husband) had just gotten me a new (used) motorcycle and we set out in stormy weather. (I had mentioned that it was better to remain home. While I love stormy, non-tornadic weather, I prefer to walk in it.)  But Hubs loves to get out and drive in it, even up here in Pennsylvania.

On that bike ride I glanced worriedly at the clouds and also tried to keep the bike upright in lashing winds when we came to a stop.

Oh the memories!

 

Malaina (Oct.’18) adds, “I’ll tell you this: if you can bike in rough weather, you can bike anywhere, anytime.”

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