Saturday, May 23, 2015

Derecho postscripts

In Jersey, 60,000 still without power; campground closed.

Derecho postscripts

The cleanup and recovery from last weekend's incredible storm continue in South Jersey, where 60,000 people remained without power this afternoon in Cumberland and Atlantic Counties, according to Atlantic City Electric.

Meanwhile, the state also announced today that Parvin State Park, in Salem County, the site of the horrific accident that killed a 2- and 7-year-old, would remain closed indefinitely.

Hundreds of trees were ripped down in the park, according to the state Department of Environmental Protection, damaging buildings, vehicles and campsites. The park is still without power.

Not surprisingly, the derecho -- essesntially a fast-moving super gust front -- has been the source of intense discussion in the meteorological community.

Gary Szatkowski, the boss at the National Weather Service office in Mount Holly, has put together a presentation on the phenomenon and how it was handled by forecasters.

You also will find some insightful comments and intriguing discussion about the presentation on the American Weather Forums site.

The weather service has issued an excessive heat warning for tomorrow and Thursday, and thunderstorms are still a prospect for the Fourth.

But, thankfully, no derechos are in the forecast.

 

Inquirer Weather Columnist
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Tony Wood has been writing about the atmosphere for The Inquirer for 26 years.

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