Yesterday afternoon, Arlington (the town in which I live) was hit with a weather phenomenon apparently known as a “microburst.” This particular term was new to me, though apparently it’s a very small, incredibly intense storm system which is very very tornado-like in its effects. The Wikipedia tells me that “A microburst often has high winds that can knock over fully grown trees.”
Well, yes. Yes it can.
I took this picture this morning on the Minuteman Bike Trail on my way to Alewife from our new place. Just between my apartment and Alewife, there were two fully-grown trees horizontal across the path. People had to climb over them and pull their bikes over tree trunks and under branches. Another tree fell over on a car two blocks from our place, and a neighborhood near mine was apparently thrashed pretty heavily. Even in our current apartment, we were pummeled with so much rain in such a small period of time that we experienced the first significant flooding we’ve had in the two years we’ve lived there — water poured through our basement access door like we were a submarine that had recently been torpedoed.
(A couple more photos of the damage are available on my Flickr stream.)