Today I learned two new vocabulary words: microburst and macroburst, downdrafts that blow in a way opposite to a tornado (click through for unusually detailed Wiki page, including even differential equations!). As I type, crews throughout the neighborhood (the vicinity are cleaning up after the tree damage from yesterday’s thunderstorm. No one was home at the time, and everyone is okay.
Here’s a picture from my upstairs window after most of the tree leaning on my house after most of it had been removed.
Here’s a cross-section of the trunk, next to my shod foot. (The shoes are a half-size too big for me, so the tree is actually even bigger than it might look.)
Earlier today I looked out my window and wondered why there seemed to be a screen blocking my view. Had the tree workers hung something up while they worked? No, it was just cloud cover. I’m going to miss that tree.
(Connoisseurs will recognize that this is this the first image posted at this blog; hopefully it will display all right.)