From Pine View Farm

Stormy Weather 2

A squall line near my brother’s place in Virginia’s Northern Neck:


These days, I believe that squall lines are called “derechos,” which is a foreign-sounding word and therefore ever so much more frightening and important.



  1. George Smith

    July 31, 2013 at 6:28 pm

    Yeah, whose blowhole did that first come from, Americans not exactly known for being wordsmiths… 

  2. Frank

    July 31, 2013 at 9:52 pm

    It’s a perfectly legitimate Spanish word, which has one usage that means “straight line.”



    My brother’s comment was that it was the weather-world equivalent of “physicality,” a new word intended to help broadcasters feel erudite.


    I gave my brother a quick tutorial on The GIMP over Christmas (no tutorial can beat a demonstration) and he has been practicing. I posted the picture exactly as received, except for resizing it to fit in the column.