With "polar vortex" memories fading fast, Midwesterners expanded their severe weather vocabulary yet again Monday to include the rare storm system known as a "derecho."
Derechos, which AccuWeather says are often referred to as inland hurricanes, pack a wallop of violent thunderstorms, torrential rain and strong winds.
In Chicago, which was hit hard during rush hour Monday, a small consolation from the violent storms were the dazzling shots of lighting cracking across the skyline:
— Nick Ulivieri (@ChiPhotoGuy) July 1, 2014
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