Monday Storms Classified as Derecho

June 14, 2022

Chatting with my daughter in Chicago on monday night when the tornado sirens went off.

Big tree come down on her street in Old Town.

WANE – Fort Wayne IN:

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) — A severe storm that blew through northeast Indiana late Monday night, with wind speeds nearly 100 mph, has been officially classified as a derecho.

The National Weather Service said Tuesday the storm, which packed the Fort Wayne International Airport’s highest recorded wind gust of 98 mph and left “a significant swath of straight line wind damage” behind it, met the criteria for a derecho. Derechos are widespread, sustained, straight-line wind storms.

The area first became familiar with the weather term “derecho” in June 2012, when straight line winds ripped through the area at a then-record 91 mph and caused substantial widespread damage. Much of the area was left without power for days.

5 Responses to “Monday Storms Classified as Derecho”

  1. redskylite Says:

    1977 Alert to the president:The urgency of the problem derives from our inability to shift rapidly to non-fossil fuel sources once the climatic effects become evident not long after the year 2000; the situation could grow out of control before alternate energy sources and other remedial actions become effective.

    https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2022/jun/14/1977-us-presidential-memo-predicted-climate-change

    • rhymeswithgoalie Says:

      “A significant challenge facing Carter was his own contradictory energy aims. Despite his goal of encouraging alternative energy, he also felt there was a national security interest in boosting US oil production in the wake of the 1973 oil crisis.”

      The oil companies convinced everybody that the US problem with the 1973 oil crisis was not our addiction to oil, but that we needed to serve that addiction via domestic, or at least more reliable sources.

      • jimbills Says:

        Technically, no. Carter did do things like ease regulations on Alaskan oil production to help boost U.S. production, but he also instituted the Carter Doctrine, which started the US would use military force to secure its oil interests in the Middle East – which also led in no small way to the later wars there.

        US oil production had actually peaked in the early 1970s, and we were caught with our pants down when OPEC temporarily cut us off for political reasons. There was no good way to raise US production substantially enough (Alaska helped but it wasn’t going to get us above our peak production), and it became obvious we had to use the military to secure oil elsewhere.

        Carter ALSO tried to institute reduced energy use nationally (wear a sweater in winter, etc), but this was a complete dud politically that was later exploited by Reagan.

        • jimbills Says:

          (Fracking in recent years actually raised the country above its 1970s oil production peak – an unprecedented event – but by that time US oil consumption had also grown too high. We still needed foreign sources of oil as much as we did in the previous decades.)

    • jimbills Says:

      Carter’s really remarkable “crisis in confidence” speech a few years after that memo was delivered:
      https://www.americanrhetoric.com/speeches/jimmycartercrisisofconfidence.htm

      It’s a fascinating in retrospect speech – some really wise passages in there – but it also shows a complete practical disregard for climate change as an issue. Carter did try to increase alternative fuels (but this also included coal and ethanol, however) and reduce overall energy consumption, but he also went fully into increasing coal usage and reducing oil production regulations.

      Ironically, he mentioned climate change as an issue in a speech a few months before that.

      Two great environmental things Carter did do was to enact CAFE standards (which did cause a substantial drop in US oil consumption in the 1980s, later to be swallowed up by the SUV craze in the 1990s) and to greatly increase the US national park system.

      https://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/documents/automobile-fuel-efficiency-act-1980-statement-signing-s-2475-into-law


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