The word “derecho” has been in the meteorology lexicon for over a century, but it has recently garnered broader attention through a notable derecho event on June 29, 2012. This marked increase in interest of the term can actually be seen in Google Trends data, of which there is a screen shot below. I used the phrases “derecho” and “storm” in the Google Trends search in a basic attempt to filter out more common searches for the word derecho in its language of origin – Spanish. The first small peak in 2009 is related to the May 8, 2009 derecho that swept from Kansas and Missouri eastward into portions of Kentucky and Tennessee. However, it is clear that the term was not receiving many…