What are Straight Line Winds?

Posted by on Friday, April 28, 2017

Straight-line wind is a term used to define any thunderstorm wind that is not associated with rotation, and is used mainly to differentiate from tornadic winds.

Radar is a critical tool for damaging wind detection because these hazards have certain patterns in the data collected near the surface and in middle levels of the storm.

 Strong thunderstorm winds can come from a number of different processes. Most thunderstorm winds that cause damage at the ground are a result of outflow generated by a thunderstorm downdraft.

Damage from severe thunderstorm winds account for half of all severe reports in the United States and is more common than damage from tornadoes.

The damage from straight line winds are often mistaken as tornado damage.

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