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Posted: 3/15/2006 6:39:09 AM EDT
My home town was hit by 2 tornados Sunday night. This tree is HUGE, it looks like it was picked up and dropped on the van!
Link Posted: 3/15/2006 6:41:06 AM EDT


that WAS a big tree
Link Posted: 3/15/2006 6:42:40 AM EDT
Mother nature keeps on reminding us that she's in control.
Link Posted: 3/15/2006 7:18:21 AM EDT
That will be more than just a buffing out!
Link Posted: 3/15/2006 7:32:00 AM EDT
She can be a real Muther.
Link Posted: 3/15/2006 7:42:53 AM EDT


That's a big tree.
Link Posted: 3/15/2006 7:43:02 AM EDT
Any guesses as to the weight of that tree? I am thinking of at least 10,000 lbs plus.
Link Posted: 3/15/2006 7:56:46 AM EDT
Looks like a Cottonwood. They can get huge and they are known for their weak roots.
Link Posted: 3/15/2006 7:59:23 AM EDT
No No No and NO!

There is no way.
Do you guys understand how much torque it would take to rip a root system out of the ground like that?


Link Posted: 3/15/2006 8:01:24 AM EDT

Originally Posted By MillerSHO:
No No No and NO!

There is no way.
Do you guys understand how much torque it would take to rip a root system out of the ground like that?





10^100000e2?
Link Posted: 3/15/2006 8:02:55 AM EDT
looks to me like it grew up through the van
Link Posted: 3/15/2006 8:10:58 AM EDT
I say this cause I've been doing some massive yardwork lately and it's amazing how much power it takes to even rip little bushes out of the ground that have well established root systems.

Even if this tree is know for its weak roots, it's still an amazing amount of power.

It would take the storm of the millinium to rip out the big everygreen tree's we have around my parts.
Link Posted: 3/15/2006 10:29:03 AM EDT
Having witnessed the most powerful tornado ever documented (May 3 '99, central Oklahoma), and many lesser, I have some theories on this.

Yes a tornado can do these things. But here are two factors that would make he picture more logical:

1) The tree was probably already dead, and it roots weak and rotted.

2) The tornado did not lift the tree up, but first blew it over, and then rolled it into the place shown.

I have seen cars rolled up into (relatively) little balls, as though of tinfoil, like the cars had been crushed in a salvage yard compressor, strewn out in the middle of a cattle field, .25+ mi from a road. And I have seen the "big" utility polls sheered off like toothpicks.

When an F5 scours the ground, nothing, and I mean literally NOTHING is left standing, not even a blade of grass. Yes, it's a big adrenaline rush to watch tornados from the 'safe' side.

Link Posted: 3/15/2006 11:49:12 AM EDT
Dude that sucks..
Link Posted: 3/15/2006 12:01:26 PM EDT
Bush is at it again I see.
Link Posted: 3/15/2006 12:03:47 PM EDT
The Haliburton huricane machine has been sucessfully recalibrated for tornado season.
Link Posted: 3/15/2006 1:13:43 PM EDT

Originally Posted By MillerSHO:
No No No and NO!

There is no way.
Do you guys understand how much torque it would take to rip a root system out of the ground like that?





When I was a young lad on the farm in Wisconsin, there was a very bad storm one night with all sorts of tornado watches and warnings coming from the radio. The family spent the night in the basement of the house.

When we left the basement in the morning we found that the old elm tree next to the back porch (not 15 feet away) had all of the leaves stripped from the far side. One of the large main limbs had been twisted, just as if you had grabbed the end of the limb with a huge pair of pliers and started turning it. No other real damage to anything was found, just smaller branches and stuff scattered around.

That was one of the only two times I heard my Mother say anything remotely bad. She looked at the tree, looked at the house right next to it and said, SHIT! (you could hear the caps)

My Dad and I just started laughing at her.
Link Posted: 3/15/2006 1:15:38 PM EDT
Can I come get it?
Link Posted: 3/15/2006 1:16:53 PM EDT

Originally Posted By MillerSHO:
No No No and NO!

There is no way.
Do you guys understand how much torque it would take to rip a root system out of the ground like that?





87 psi?
Link Posted: 3/15/2006 1:18:52 PM EDT
Did the air bags deploy?
Link Posted: 3/15/2006 1:39:51 PM EDT
I;ve seen a lot of stuff like that over the last couple days some areas are still without power and in Jerome you can only get in if you have proof that you live there.

Wal-mart may be condemed
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