After the last two week, I have become obsessed with the word ‘derecho‘ and all the destruction that comes with it.
A derecho (pronounced similar to “deh-REY-cho” in English … ) is a widespread, long-lived wind storm that is associated with a band of rapidly moving showers or thunderstorms. Although a derecho can produce destruction similar to that of tornadoes, the damage typically is directed in one direction along a relatively straight swath. As a result, the term ‘straight-line wind damage’ sometimes is used to describe derecho damage. By definition, if the wind damage swath extends more than 240 miles … and includes wind gusts of at least 58 mph … or greater along most of its length, then the event may be classified as a derecho
The straight wind that blew across Virginia on June 25 was an impressive thing to experience. 100 foot oak trees bent under 65-75 mph winds. Eventually snapping a neighbor’s tree. The top flew in to our yard, smooshing our fence, thank goodness it wasn’t the house. The entire experience lasted about 20mins. I expected to see flying monkeys (cue the flying monkey theme from the Wizard of Oz).Then, the power went out for 11 hours.
While most of my writing process has the swirling motions of various strength tornadoes, ever so often I get a straight and furious wind of inspiration and imagination. The deluge is hard to capture, leaving me grasping for the bits and pieces I can process. This is where I wished I had and SD card for my brain to capture these moments.
Record everything you can remember. While it might not be exactly what you experienced, you’ll have a basis from which to start. You’d be surprised what will resurface in your brain.