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originally posted by: intrptr
a reply to: leolady
Its also called a 'windthrow' or 'blowdown' . Storm rains soak the ground, weakening the roots hold, then high winds accompanying the storm hit a stand of trees, blowing down a few and creating a domino effect to other trees next to it.
Whole swaths of trees can be 'blown down' this way.
Loggers love this, instant harvest in an otherwise protected forest.
I do small scale logging for my materials for homebuilding, and I've had people call after storms begging me to take their trees.
Feature Name: July Creek Campground Category:
Washington physical, cultural and historic features
Feature Type: Cultural
County: Grays Harbor County
A look at other weather measurements also failed to yield any significant clues, although, intriguingly, a seismic recorder in the area did pick up some rumblings which are thought to have been created by all of the trees hitting the ground.
Rutledge lives about a half mile from the scene, and she and her husband went to check the picnic area after hearing a tree go down, a rumbling sound and branches cracking.
“My husband thought it was a landslide or blow down,” she said. “The trees that you see in the campground are huge, one Sitka spruce and one Douglas fir. It looks like the Sitka spruce brought down the fir on its way down.”
Yes, all wood has value. No argument there, I was just explaining that for loggers- blowdown timber is simply work without profit.