Why Isn’t Derecho Storm in Iowa National News?
Why isn't what happened in Iowa being covered on national news? The state had what's called a Derecho storm hit Monday and it wiped out 13 million acres of corn, about a third of the states crop land, leveled or extensively damaged over 8,200 homes, and left 83,000 or so people without utilities and struggling with issues concerning food and shelter. Iowas governor is asking for nearly $4 billion in disaster aide. Governor Kim Reynolds said Sunday that she was filing an expedited presidential major disaster declaration to help rebuilt and repair their storm ravaged state.
In case you were wondering a Derecho is a widespread, long-lived, straight-lined wind storm that is associated with a fast-moving group of severe thunderstorms known as a mesoscale convective system and potentially rivaling hurricanic and tornadic forces. (I found this info on Wikipedia)
Derechos can cause hurricane-force winds, tornadoes, heavy rains, and flash floods. In many cases, convection-induced winds take on a bow echo (backward "C") form of squall line, often forming beneath an area of diverging upper tropospheric winds, and in a region of both rich low-level moisture and warm-air advection. Derechos move rapidly in the direction of movement of their associated storms, similar to an outflow boundary (gust front), except that the wind remains sustained for a greater period of time (often increasing in strength after onset), and may exceed hurricane-force. A derecho-producing convective system may remain active for many hours and, occasionally, over multiple days. (again all this info was found on Wikipedia.com)
The point is this huge, horrible storm has done a catastrophic amount of damage to the state but we're not seeing national coverage on it (at least I haven't yet). Why not? Do me a favor, go Google "Iowa multiple tornadoes", or you just watch this one that I found from cnn.com and explain to me why no ones really talking about this?