Saturday, July 7, 2012

DERECHO first used in 1888 by Gustavus Hinrichs

Derecho (pronounced as /dəˈreɪtʃoʊ/ , “day-ray-cho”) is a loanword

from Spanish, in which it means “straight”. It refers to a fast-moving

storm with a straight or slightly bowed wavefront that travels long

distances across country, the linear equivalent of a rotating tornado.

The term was first used in 1888 by Professor Gustavus Hinrichs of the

University of Ohio in a paper titled ''Tornados and Derechos''.

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