Nature Notes: Dangerous Storms
One usually doesn’t think of the rain as being dangerous. As a parent, one often says to kids: “What? Are you going to melt?”
Sadly, the storm this past weekend in New Jersey and in New York ended in tragedy. The winds were ferocious, and some areas were harder hit than others. Numerous people died from being hit by falling trees, including two men (who leave behind mourning families) who were walking home from synagogue late Saturday afternoon in Teaneck, New Jersey.
In Highland Park we were fortunate to suffer only property damage: below is the remains tree that fell on a house near my own. Others had car windows smashed by trees or a fence downed by the wind. Compared to losing one’s life, it is mostly a discussion of who has insurance coverage.
And here you can see where it cut into the house it fell upon:
I decided to do a little research and discovered that one can study nearby trees to detect if they are unhealthy. Last year friend had noted that a tree overhanging our backyard had leaves on one side but not on the other; this is a sign of the tree’s ill health. My husband and I are happy that we informed our neighbors who own the tree, and they took care of the situation.
Some links for more information on hazardous trees:
- Underlying Causes the Can Lead to Down or Damaged Trees
- How to Spot a Dangerous Tree
- What is a Hazard Tree?
- Homeowner’s Tree Checkup Guide
Again the cut tree trunk, photo taken in the early evening when I showed it to two of my kids: