Dust and high winds rip Midwest and Great Plains

A huge cloud of dust over a farmer's field.
Dust and high winds battered the U.S. Midwest and Great Plains on Thursday, May 12, 2022. Image via @vincentaffatat2 on Twitter.

Dust and high winds

First, there were dust storm warnings. Then came a derecho that ripped through the U.S. Midwest and Great Plains on Thursday (May 12, 2022). The National Weather Service was urging people not to drive. The Weather Channel reported Thursday evening that hurricane-force winds blew over large semi-trailer trucks on highways, and uprooted trees. There were reports of gusts between 70 and 107 mph (112 and 172 kph) in some areas. The incredible photos and footage of dust and high winds on this page were posted to Twitter from the states of Nebraska, Iowa, Minnesota and South Dakota. Wow! The Weather Channel said Friday morning:

A fast-moving line of severe thunderstorms called a derecho developed in central Nebraska Thursday afternoon and raced northeast into the Dakotas and Minnesota. A derecho is a long-lived complex of thunderstorms that can produce wind damage hundreds of miles long and tens of miles wide with winds sometimes up to 100 mph (160 kph) or higher.

And it’s not over yet.

From The Weather Channel: Severe Thunderstorms Possible From Midwest to Plains Into the Weekend

From the National Weather Service: The 1-day forecast.

Bottom line: Dust and high winds battered the U.S. Midwest and Great Plains during the day on Thursday. The same conditions were expected to continue into Thursday night.

May 13, 2022

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