CommentsMr. Shannon, Not to put too fine a point on it, but Derecho actually translates from Spanish to English as a "straight-line windstorm" or "severe thunderstorm", as well as "right" or "upright". However, one must take the context in which the word is used to determine the intended "meaning" of the word. As clever as your statement was regarding the "right wing" the context in which the word is used doesn't come close to the "meaning" you prefer in this case. As to why we are using Spanish vocabulary to describe American weather occurrences, I guess it is to make the Mexicans amongst us feel at home. Do you remember when we used to have "rain", well in many parts of the country, and mostly in The Peoples Rebublik of Kalifornia, (I know this is not really how California is referenced, but I thought I'd get ahead of the curve before California goes bankrupt and is reformed to be completely/officially Communist/Marxist) it is now El Nino (tilde over second"n").
While my comments above may appear nonsensical, it is items like yours that drive people like me crazy. It is tantamount to calling a "black gun" a.k.a. Utility Sports Rife (AR-15 style SEMI-Automatic rifle) an "assault" rifle.
Otherwise, an excellent article.
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Participants Revolt Against The Derecho Project
Posted by Michael R. Shannon on Jul 13, 2012 at 09:55 AM
Where were the hardy greens recharging their iPads with solar panels, cooling their house with wind power
It’s unfortunate The Derecho Project — the largest urban global warming mitigation experiment in history — has proven to be an abject failure. Really a shame, too, since the project’s design was almost perfect.More...
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