Sunday, April 4, 2010

Weather lesson of the day: a microburst

"A microburst is a very localized column of sinking air, producing damaging divergent and straight-line winds at the surface that are similar to but distinguishable from tornadoes which generally have convergent damage. There are two types of microbursts: wet microbursts and dry microbursts. They go through three stages in their life cycle: the downburst, outburst, and cushion stages."
- Wikipedia

That's what people were telling us, what happened around 6:00 am Friday morning in Norman, Oklahoma, on my mother's street. I was heading up in that direction to visit her. She called to tell me a tree had fallen on her house, and to park across the street, because the driveway was blocked.

I wasn't expecting to see this.

The appraiser was already inside when I reached the house.
That's a 70+ foot tree - that crashed down on her little house!

The front bedroom, an office, was badly damaged,

and my mom had an attic beam
protruding into her living room ceiling.

The tree surgeon spoke to my brother,
and made an appointment to come back
the next day to remove the tree...
with the help of a crane.

We were outside, watching them taking the tree off the roof, as neighbors passed. Mom was taking the whole episode pretty much in stride. Here she is, talking to a couple walking their dogs. Gorgeous weather!

At the end of the day, when I was heading home, there was a large pile of wood in front of her house.

Fortunately, no one was injured, including my mom!

Can you see the gaping hole, where the tree crashed into the roof?
They put a tarp over the holes and will start to repair the house next week.


Hot Rocks said...

Wow, looks like a lot of damage done to the house, but at least no one was hurt!

memoriesforlifescrapbooks said...

WOW!!! That's a huge tree! I'm sure it was very scary! So glad your mom (and everyone else) is okay!!!

Athena said...

Wow (another wow)! Thank goodness your mom wasn't hurt, but awful about the damage.

BeadedTail said...

Whoa Doggy! That is one big tree! Thankfully no one was hurt and people were there to help get it cleaned up right away!

Joy said...

Oh my! I'm so glad that everyone stayed safe!

NICO Designs said...

Thank goodness no one was injured. What a pain for your Mom-hopefully it will not rain before the roof is fixed.

Fusion Artisan Jewelry said...

Can't believe a tree that huge doesn't have stronger roots, had to have been a strong "wind" to knock that over! Was her home the only damage? I'm sure you are relieved that your mom was not hurt.

We had a huge oak fall on our house many years ago, was in the newspaper. Tree was on city property so they had to pay to fix the house from all of the damage it did when it died and fell.

Sure been miss you and the team...

Ruthie said...

Wow - that's crazy! I'm glad that your Mom and everyone are safe!

Beadwright said...

Ohhhhhh thank goodness no one was hurt. What an ordeal. Hope the roof is repaired quickly.


Nancy said...

Wow, that's pretty extreme! I'm glad she was OK, and it seems like all is being taken care of reasonably quickly too. Thank goodness!

TiLT said...

wowsers!!! Glad to hear the house was the only one hurt...well, the tree too I suppose....hope the fix is quick & smooth

sandy said...

Antioch....lots of history there.

Glad your Mom is ok, sorry for the mess with the tree. I've never heard of that type of weather though.

We had a bad storm last night with lightening etc, but looks ok around us.


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