Produced by heat, and perhaps accelerated by climate change, a broad, straight line and potentially-dangerous thunderstorm system could spend time in Wisconsin tonight:
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Meteorologists are tracking a so-called derecho weather pattern in the Midwest that could spawn severe windstorms in several major metropolitan areas, with gusts as strong as 100 mph.
The National Weather Service says derechoes occur once or twice a year in the central U.S. with winds of at least 75 mph. The storms maintain their intensity for hours as they sweep across vast distances, and can trigger tornadoes and large hail.
Meteorologists say the windstorms could hit from South Dakota to Pennsylvania over the next two days, including the Milwaukee, Chicago, Detroit, Cleveland and Pittsburgh metro areas.The East Coast got smashed by one last summer.