What is a derecho?

Today, June 13th 2013, the weather and news stations in the northeast are all a buzz regarding the potential for severe weather.  They have repeatedly used the word derecho.  So, I thought I’d check A Dictionary of Civil, Water Resources & Environmental Engineering to learn what a derecho is?

DERECHO – Widespread and usually fast-moving windstorm associated with convection.

So now you know!  Some might think this post a bit off topic regarding the PE Civil exam, but it really isn’t.  The point is to demonstrate that you may come across a word or two you may not be familiar with on the exam and this is where A Dictionary of Civil, Water Resources & Environmental Engineering will come in handy.

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