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What is Derecho?

What is Derecho?

By FOX 47 News. CREATED Jun 12, 2013

If you were on Facebook or Twitter Wednesday, you may have seen warnings about something called a 'Derecho' hitting Michigan in the next couple of days.

It is a Spanish word meaning, 'direct' or 'straight ahead.' Talking about winds that come out of a line of storms in the forward direction.

To forecast for one is not an exact science. It is a cluster of down-burst winds that push forward at high speeds. To predict that the winds will only go in that direction is hard to do with accuracy. Bow echoes and micro bursts are more common.

We will see these type storms form Wednesday and head east through Thursday.

On May 31,1998, a derecho moved across Wisconsin and into our state with 130 mph straight line winds. At this point we are not expecting that, and most likely will see it be mainly south.