According to Merriam-Webster, a derecho is: “a large fast-moving complex of thunderstorms with powerful straight-line winds that cause widespread destruction.” The National Weather Service says that a long-lasting line of storms producing winds in excess of 58 mph and greater and leaving damage for 240 miles or more is a derecho. One of those occurred Monday morning, August 10th, popping up just west of the Omaha-Council Bluffs area just after sunrise and ravaging the landscape as far east as Indiana.
Four of the Iowa State Parks in our 20 Iowa Walks in 2020 program were affected by the derecho:
- Big Creek – no power, limited services, some trail closures
- Lake Macbride – closed
- Ledges – no power, limited services, modern toilets affected, trails open
- Palisades – Kepler – closed
Before heading to one of those four parks, contact it directly for an updated status. Use this link to navigate to the park of interest: Iowa’s State Parks