Derecho: Behind Washington, D.C.’s destructive thunderstorm outbreak, June 29, 2012 - Capital Weather Gang - The Washington Post: "This derecho event is likely to go down as not only one of the worst on record in Washington, D.C. but also along its entire path stretching back to northern Indiana. As the intensity of the heat wave, without reservation, was a key factor in the destructiveness of this derecho event - it raises the question about the possible role of manmade climate warming (from elevated greenhouse concentrations). It’s a complicated, controversial question, but one that scientists will surely grapple with in case studies of this rare, extraordinary event."
FCC report blames phone companies for loss of 911 service after derecho* storm - The Washington Post: "The FCC found that failures by various telephone companies affected service at 77 emergency call centers in six states and left dispatchers unable to receive vital information such as a caller’s location. Some problems lasted days."
*Derecho, spanish for straight - The Washington Post: ". . . . classic derecho, a fast moving line of severe "straight-line" winds associated with a squall of violent thunderstorms, travelled close to 700 miles in 10 hours.
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