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NOAA Photo Library Image - wea01858

A composite image showing a serial derecho as it travels across the Midwest. These are satellite water vapor images with lightning strikes overlaid. This storm produced widespread wind damage with winds of 80 to 100 mph in the most intense portions of the storm. Derecho is from the Spanish for "straight" and refers to the strong straight-line winds associated with these type of storms.

Image ID: wea01858, NOAA's National Weather Service (NWS) Collection
Photo Date: 2009 May 8
Credit: NOAA/NWS

Category: Instruments/Electronic/Radar/

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