Northern Plains Derecho

On May 12th, 2022 a destructive derecho raced across the Northern U.S. Plains. The storm brought damaging winds to Nebraska, South Dakota, North Dakota, Iowa, and Minnesota. Hurricane-force wind gusts were included in over 50 wind reports. Reports of damaging hail and tornadoes were also associated with the storm system. The system was responsible for more than 100,000 power outages and several fatalities.

Along with the severe weather, the system triggered a wide-sweeping haboob that brought stunning visuals and low visibility to Northern Plains’ residents.

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Contributions by: Dakota Smith

Satellite imagery of this event:

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GOES-18’s Stunning Derecho Visual

Description:

The newly launched GOES-18 offers stunning derecho visuals.


Phenomena: Thunderstorms Derechos Wind

Satellite: GOES-18

Product: Visible (band 2)

Instrument: ABI

Derecho Charges North Across Nebraska and South Dakota

Description:

Storm cloud tops bubble as derecho charges north across Nebraska and South Dakota.


Phenomena: Thunderstorms Derechos Wind

Satellite: GOES-16

Product: Visible (band 2)

Instrument: ABI

Lightning Within the Northern Plains Derecho

Description:

Stunning visual of the abundant lightning within the derecho.


Phenomena: Thunderstorms Derechos Wind

Satellite: GOES-16

Product: GLM Group Energy Density Visible (band 2)

Instrument: ABI GLM

Haboob Kicks Up Dust Behind Derecho

Description:

Haboob sweeps across southern Nebraska behind derecho.


Phenomena: Dust Thunderstorms Derechos Wind

Satellite: GOES-16

Product: GeoColor

Instrument: ABI

Broad View of Northern Plains Derecho

Description:

A broad view of the storm system’s cold cloud tops.


Phenomena: Thunderstorms Derechos Wind

Satellite: GOES-16

Product: Infrared (band 11)

Instrument: ABI

Broad Perspective of Storm System that Triggered Derecho

Description:

A broad, GeoColor perspective of storm system that triggered the far-reaching derecho.


Phenomena: Dust Thunderstorms Derechos Wind

Satellite: GOES-16

Product: GeoColor

Instrument: ABI