Greensboro, NC -- A derecho is something that the Triad rarely sees, but about once every four years one can move into the Triad. Not sure what a derecho is, either did William Henry Clay Lawson Jr.
William asked 2 Wants To Know, "Could you tell and explain what "Derecho" is? So, Meteorologist Grant Gilmore took this question and answered it on Wednesday's 2 Wants To Know newscast.
Grant explained that a derecho is a long-lived and widespread wind storm that extends more than 240 miles and must include 58+ mph winds along a majority of it's path.
A strong and near record breaking derecho occurred on June 29, 2012. The derecho originated in the Chicago area and raced east-southeast before finally fizzling out over Virginia and North Carolina.
Derecho's are more common across Oklahoma, Arkansas, Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Illinois, Indiana and Ohio, but can occur in North Carolina.
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