12 August 2020
Severe Crop Damage From Midwest Derecho Visible from Space
Posted by Dan Satterfield
The damage from the severe derecho in the Midwest Tuesday is visible from space. Early estimates are that the damage may exceed a billion dollars. Click on the image above for a larger view. It’s not uncommon for the paths of large tornadoes to be visible from weather satellites but the crop damage over such a wide swatch is not something you see every day. The corn crops across this region add a lot of water vapor into the air and this may very well have made the storms even stronger.
I have seen local photos of the crop damage and the corn stalks are absolutely flat on the ground. Farmers are debating ways to salvage (harvest) corn in this state. May be a total loss of 1/2 the total crop. Devastating loss for the farmers.