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Vote for best Washington, D.C. derecho storm name

UPDATE, 10:30 a.m. Monday, July 9: After more than 3,000 votes, the winning name for the June 29, 2012 derecho is “Swelter in Place” - earning 29 percent of the votes.

“Derechosaurus Wrecks” came in second with 24 percent of the votes.

As “Swelter in Place” doesn’t really describe the storm, perhaps it makes most sense to crown ”Derechosaurus Wrecks” as the winning storm name and give “Swelter in Place”the title for the aftermath.

Here are the runner-ups and the percent of the votes earned:

June 2012 derecho: 10 percent

Derechonator: 7 percent

Dereecho Loco, Mucho Derecho, De-Wrecko, Junnihilation; DerechOMG: 6 percent (each)

Derechonundrum: 1 percent

From July 3, 10:48 a.m.: Thank you for dozens of suggestions for storm names for the derecho that raked the Washington, D.C. area on June 29. Lots of creative ideas. We’ve narrowed down the most popular recommendations from the blog, Twitter and Facebook, so you can vote for your favorite. We will announce the winner Thursday. Monday.

[The poll for voting for best storm name - which had been here - has been closed]

Keep reading for honorable mentions for storm name suggestions...

Here are a number of great suggestions which almost made it onto the ballot:

Derecho of Doom




Windamonium 2012

Swelter and Shelter

Derecho en Fuego

DCwrecko or DCrecko



Thundercane 2012



Count Derecho-la


Derecho de Pepco

Derecho Me Maybe


Cool Ranch Derecho

The Wall of Derecho

“The Fast and Furious Storm of 2012”


Jason is the Washington Post’s weather editor and Capital Weather Gang's chief meteorologist. He earned a master's degree in atmospheric science, and spent 10 years as a climate change science analyst for the U.S. government. He holds the Digital Seal of Approval from the National Weather Association.

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