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Event Analysis of the June 12, 2009 Mid-South Derecho

On Friday, June 12, 2009, a storm system swept through the Mid-South bringing widespread damaging wind, a couple of brief tornadoes, and very heavy rain, leaving a path of destruction in its wake. This storm system is termed a derecho and is the same type of storm (though not quite as strong) as "Hurricane Elvis" which tore through Memphis on July 22, 2003.

An event analysis has been written by Erik Proseus, Meteorologist and Webmaster for, that describes the meteorology of the system (although written for the layman), how events unfolded, and the aftermath of the storm. Below are links to the report itself and other resources regarding the storm, plus pictures of storm damage and the evening sunset that brought a bit of peace to an otherwise devastating situation for many in the Memphis metropolitan area. The report has a primary focus on Bartlett, TN, a suburb of Memphis and one of the hardest hit areas. Contact Erik with any comments or questions by clicking here.

Event Analysis of Mid-South Derecho June 12, 2009 (PDF)

Links referenced in the report

Visible Satellite Loop
Infrared Satellite Loop
Memphis Doppler Radar Loop
NWS-Memphis Tornado Damage Surveys
NWS-Memphis Storm Reports
Damage photos taken mainly by Erik (additional photos added 6/24/09)

Video of the storm from a screened patio in Bartlett (condensed to 10 minutes):