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Sunday, December 12, 2010
Snow and Old Wind
For some goofy reason, we didn't get as much snow as the rest of the state. I did run the snowblower early this morning- wet heavy snow, so it's not blowing as much as a dry snow would. Most schools are already closed for tomorrow, and I sense another snowblower run in my future!
Now for the Old Wind. Some of you may remember that I have talked about a big wind storm in 1998 a few times. It was classed as a derecho wind event, which is straight-line winds with sustained force higher than 58 mph. I previously showed you the valley at Ludington State Park that was leveled, and how it is growing back. That view, at Two Lighthouses and a Trail, is in summer, looking south in the valley.
I learned yesterday, that with the old logs highlighted by snow, you can still see the linear pattern of how the trees all blew down. This is the same valley, but looking north. My breath was taken away when I first saw how the trees were all knocked down there, after that storm. Here's another view.
That is the same storm that snapped my big basswood tree. But the summers come and work their green magic, and eventually the memories won't show even in the winter.