DISCUSSION: As the phrase goes, "if you do not learn about past events in history," it is doomed to repeat itself. A great example of this type of situation is perfectly defined by learning about the derecho which slammed Washington D.C. back in June of 1954. The first angle to consider when looking back to an event such as this is that there was most certainly little to no warning in advance of this derecho's approach. This would be due to the combination of a lack of a comprehensive national observation network (e.g., the national Skywarn Spotter and CoCoRaHS programs) as well as far less advanced Doppler radar surveillance capabilities.
Thus, this had to be quite a scary event for millions of people who were in the path of this strong-to-severe bowing thunderstorm complex. It bears the importance of reminding people who are threatened by severe thunderstorm events to always respect the inherent power associated with severe weather events. It is always better to take shelter and protect yourself and your family, than risk your life by trying to capture images or video of the event. Bottom line, respect the natural power tie to "Mother Nature." To read more about this event, feel free to click on the following link!
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