Have You Ever Experienced a Derecho Wind Storm?
I just can't get over the weather I experienced over the weekend.
On Saturday I took a trip up north to Lake Sacandaga with family. I've never been before, but it's not too far from Saratoga and Lake George, two destinations that I have been too several times.
Growing up going to Lake George and camping in RV's and cabins, you get used to the crazy mountain thunderstorms that come rolling through.
However, this time around I experienced something different.
Around 6:30pm Saturday night, about a half hour after we got off the lake, an insane wind storm blew through the area for about 25 minutes to a half hour.
There we're no clouds in the sky, no rain or thunderstorms. Just intense winds, taking down trees left and right. Don't get me started on the branch assault.
Anyway, curiosity got the best of me and after the storm was over I checked in on the Great Sacandaga Lake Life Facebook group. Like me, there were others who were curious about what went down.
One poster explained that what happened was, possibly, a "derecho." According to Webster's Dictionary a derecho is "a line of intense, widespread, and fast-moving windstorms and sometimes thunderstorms that moves across a great distance and is characterized by damaging winds."
There's no official word, yet, on what exactly happened on Saturday weather wise, but I'll take derecho as an answer.
Here's a little clip of how the lake handled the alleged derecho winds:
Have you ever experienced a derecho windstorm? What's the worst storm you remember from growing up in the Hudson Valley?