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Old 06-12-2013, 03:32 PM
 
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There was no warning! It was on top of us before anyone could do anything.
There was no explicitly worded warning. But those of us who check the regional weather radar knew about this at least three or four hours before it hit. There was a solid wall of massive red and purple over two hundred miles long sweeping at us in more or less a straight line from the Ohio Valley. I have never seen anything like it before and hope I never will again.

You can monitor regional radar at
Nexrad Mixed Composite Radar Map | Weather Underground.

Explanations can be found at About Nexrad | Weather Underground.
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Old 06-12-2013, 05:21 PM
 
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Gosh, I feel dumb....I had never heard the term derecho in my entire life until last June 30th.

C'mon, tell the truth....how many of you knew what a derecho is before we had one?
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Old 06-12-2013, 05:28 PM
 
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Gosh, I feel dumb....I had never heard the term derecho in my entire life until last June 30th.

C'mon, tell the truth....how many of you knew what a derecho is before we had one?
I have yet to meet anyone who knew what a derecho was before last summer, but now we're all experts! In fact, I'm constantly seeing "possible derechos" whenever I look at a weather radar map!
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Old 06-12-2013, 05:37 PM
 
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Most people are probably tired of being scared into emergency shopping when there probably isn't a real need for it.
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Old 06-12-2013, 05:44 PM
 
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There was no explicitly worded warning. But those of us who check the regional weather radar knew about this at least three or four hours before it hit. There was a solid wall of massive red and purple over two hundred miles long sweeping at us in more or less a straight line from the Ohio Valley. I have never seen anything like it before and hope I never will again.

You can monitor regional radar at
Nexrad Mixed Composite Radar Map | Weather Underground.

Explanations can be found at About Nexrad | Weather Underground.
Thanks for the info. I guess I will start checking myself. I just figured our well paid weather people in the area would know that and inform the public.
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Old 06-12-2013, 05:45 PM
 
Location: New-Dentist Colony
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Gosh, I feel dumb....I had never heard the term derecho in my entire life until last June 30th.

C'mon, tell the truth....how many of you knew what a derecho is before we had one?
I thought it was some kind of Mexican sauce.

I stopped by the Shoppers and stocked up on food. Gotta fill up some water containers here tonight, just in case.
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Old 06-12-2013, 05:45 PM
 
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Gosh, I feel dumb....I had never heard the term derecho in my entire life until last June 30th.

C'mon, tell the truth....how many of you knew what a derecho is before we had one?
Nope, I had never heard of it either nor had any of my family or friends until last June so you are not alone.
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Old 06-12-2013, 05:45 PM
 
Location: Floyd Co, VA
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There was no derecho warning last time, just severe thunderstorms. It was never mentioned until after the storm passed.

Actually there was a warning on Kevin Myatt's Weather Journal blog that he writes for the Roanoke Times. It gave me a couple of hours to get yard stuff put away or secured and to advise a few friends to to do the same.

Although he focuses primarily on Sw VA it's a good site to check out when severe weather of any kind is forecast in our region. http://blogs.roanoke.com/weatherjournal/
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Old 06-12-2013, 06:17 PM
 
Location: Reston
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There was no explicitly worded warning. But those of us who check the regional weather radar knew about this at least three or four hours before it hit. There was a solid wall of massive red and purple over two hundred miles long sweeping at us in more or less a straight line from the Ohio Valley. I have never seen anything like it before and hope I never will again.
Seems to be coming from the same direction this time-

http://radar.weather.gov/Conus/full_loop.php
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Old 06-12-2013, 06:30 PM
 
Location: Alexandria, VA
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I hope it's not as bad as last time (at least it won't be over 100 degrees for days..) - we lost two FULL freezer/fridges of food
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