Central Park’s Trees Damaged by Tuesday’s Extreme Storm- A Microburst

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It is terrible to see the amount of destruction that was done to so many trees in Central Park on August 18, 2009, Tuesday evening by the unusaul and wicked storm that roared through. Meteorologists called the storm a “microburst” which seems to mean that strong winds hit the ground (from cloud level?) and travelled straight, unlike the spinning winds of a tornado. These winds reached 60 to 100 miles per hour in Manhattan!

We witnessed this extreme wind at street level in a restaurant and no one present had ever seen anything like it before in NYC.  More of the New Weird Weather.
Remains of a Central Park tree knocked down by Microburst windstorm On August 18 2009

Remains of a Central Park tree knocked down by Microburst windstorm On August 18 2009

The West Side of Manhattan and Central Park were badly hit. There were trees and large branches down ont he streets blocking all traffic. Much of this has been cleared up but there is a great deal more to be done by the Park’s people who take care of the trees. Up at Central Park West and 105th, where there is a large outcropping of bedrock, trees were leaning and dangling over the traffic. Many old, lovely trees have been lost.

Here are a few photos of the damage by Jeff French Segall.

Clearing the Storm Damage in Central Park

Clearing the Storm Damage in Central ParkRemains of a Central Park tree knocked down by Microburst windstorm On August 18 2009Street Tree Branches Gathered for RemovalStreet Tree Branches Awaiting Removal

Street Tree Branches Awaiting Removal

Street Tree Branches Awaiting Removal

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