The National Weather Service has confirmed that the storm complex that pushed across the Midwest to the East Coast June 12 through June 13 met the qualifications for a low-end derecho. The widespread wind damage and heavy rain resulted in power outages, damaged property and downed trees. As of Friday morning, early reports from 911 call centers and emergency managers state at least three fatalities and several injuries as a result from the storms.
NOAA lists 659 wind damage reports concentrated in the mid-Atlantic and parts of the South from Thursday.
This video shot by Joey Lax-Salinas shows a shelf cloud in the derecho from Dyer, Ind., Wednesday evening:
Photo by Eric Hunsaker
An unusually strong push of cool air for early September will move southward along the Atlantic Seaboard into the Labor Day weekend, before July-like heat returns by next week.
While lulls in tropical activity in the Atlantic will continue, a rapid end to the hurricane season in September does not always occur during an El Nino.
After heat has dominated headlines this summer, cool air has finally taken control of the northern half of Europe with no signs of departing anytime soon.
Steering winds could take Ignacio, as a remnant storm, into the southeastern arm of Alaska or British Columbia during the middle days of next week.
While Tropical Storm Kevin will stay well away from Mexico, its moisture will still lead to an increase in showers and thunderstorms from Baja California to the Four Corners region of the United States.
A stormy weather pattern will prevail through September across much of southern South America.
Washington, DC (1939)
"Once in a hundred-year rainstorm" 4.40 inches in 2 hours at the Washington Zoo.
Minneapolis, MN (1941)
Tornado - 5 dead - $450,000 damage.
Greatest natural disaster for Arizona. Rains in central Arizona caused rivers to rise 5-10 feet per hour, sweeping cars and buildings 30-40 feet downstream. Twenty-three lives were claimed by the floodwaters. This rain came from Tropical Storm Norma.