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Midwest Derecho 8/10/20

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floodcaster:
The derecho that plowed across Iowa, Illinois and points east was an incredible event from a meteorological perspective and unfortunately from a damage standpoint. At my location in NE Illinois I was fortunate... only a gust to 53 mph and some small branches down and a very brief power outage. A location about 7miles northeast of me recorded a gust to 75 mph and higher gusts were recorded across the Chicago area and of course in Iowa. Cedar Rapids seems to have had some of the worst impacts. I just read that as of this morning (nearly a week since the derecho) some 90,000 are still without power. Here's a few links that may interest some. Of all the meteorological phenomena, I've found the derecho to be the most fascinating. Hoping those affected get their essential services restored soon.

Illinois:
Summary from NWS Chicago
https://www.weather.gov/lot/2020aug10

Iowa
Summary from NWS Quad Cities
https://www.weather.gov/dvn/summary_081020

Other:
https://www.desmoinesregister.com/story/news/2020/08/14/iowa-weather-cedar-rapids-have-long-recovery-widespread-derecho-damage-power-outages/3372811001/

https://www.washingtonpost.com/weather/2020/08/14/cedar-rapids-iowa-derecho/

https://twitter.com/NStewCBS2/status/1294411370256109570?s=20&fbclid=IwAR2zAyzrGSjyn4fppK3OhTxmVG3Jrh299d38vcJQpSvmjsfswNVzOHtdFCo

BKS97:
Itís estimated that Cedar Rapids lost half of its tree canopy in the storm.

https://www.thegazette.com/

chief-david:
I mentioned it before.

almost half of Iowas corn crop is gone.

Aardvark:
One more.   Farmers may lose 1/2 of their crops.   
Look at the speed of this thing to move across the state.

https://www.weather.gov/dmx/2020derecho

Farmtalk:
I remember being impacted significantly by the Ohio Valley Derecho of June 2012. No power for over 2 weeks and temperatures in the 90s and 100s with dew points in the 60s and 70s - it was a tough time. Infrastructure to the electric grid was impacted greatly. People fought for gas. We've come a long way with tech even since then, but still, it's a rough go. Hearing about the crop damages is even worse.

Prayers for these folks.

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