At times here in the Sierra Foothills, during the winter months, we have some pretty heavy duty winds. The results of these high winds can bring trees down. Limbs just snap off the trees leaving the remains for us to clean up and clear. We value the wood when it is oak, but find ourselves sad when we see them damaged. The digger pines, contrary to the belief of some, do come down, and I wanted to share with you the aftermath of high winds here in the foothills.
These photos are after a storm where the wind speeds hit 80 m.p.h. I had been at work when the power went out around 3:00 in the afternoon. A co-worker and I watched as the rain was blowing sideways. With the power out, we all headed home. When I got here, my husband told me what the wind speeds were due to his trusty weather station, and then asked if I noticed the trees. Grabbing my camera I went out to walk around. The winds had died down so I would be safe.
This photo is from a digger pine in the front yard. The branch snapped and the branch came down just missing our neighbors well house.
The limb in the photo was about 40 feet long and had a circumference of 18 inches at the thickest part. Here is another view.
And one last view.
Here is a photo showing where the limb broke. This is up on the tree about 50 feet above the ground.
Looking into the backyard, I see that another digger pine snapped. This one missed our back deck by about 6 inches. The tree is about 35 feet from our house. The branch took out part of an oak below it. It took out the fencing on the vegetable garden. The impact was so great that some of the branches impaled the ground. They were so deep we could not remove them and they are still there today.
We have a grove of oak at one side of our yard, and taking a look in that direction you can see the debris of broken limbs laying on the ground.
It took us days to clean up. On the morning that we cleared the limb from our neighbors yard it was pouring rain, which then turned into a blizzard by the time we finished removing just this one.
Each year, while we look forward to winter and the snow, we hope that we do not have another wind event like this one!
Take care today! The week is almost over and there is the weekend to look forward to! Thanks for visiting and have a great Thursday!