Recent reader uploads of storm damage at Wunderground attribute tree damage to a microburst, in the first instance:
Why are they rotten on the inside? Simple. They are all being attacked by pathogens, because they are weak, from absorbing pollution. I am working on my usual long, rambling post about ecosystem collapse but I had to take a break because today, I am very, very angry about the most recent "freak accident". First, take a look at two prior recent "freak accidents". A man camping in Quebec died when a tree fell on his tent on June 26. Despite the fact that there was a storm at the time, witnesses emphasized that they did not experience a very strong storm and did not expect any trees to fall, let alone several. I can't embed the video but I urge you to watch it at the link, because that fact comes through very clearly, more so than in the transcript which follows, when you hear them speak.
12-year-old Conn. girl killed in tragic freak accident by falling tree branch