Statistically Speaking: Blowing in the Windby Bill Chameides | August 27th, 2010
posted by Wendy Graber (Researcher)
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A downed tree near Manaus, Brazil, where a great number of trees were felled by a line of powerful storms in 2005. (Jeffery Chambers | Tulane University)
Storms can do a lot of damage, especially to trees.
Five years ago this coming Sunday Katrina hit New Orleans. The storm didn’t just wreak havoc with people’s lives and property, it also exacted a heavy toll on the environment, including felling a vast number of trees. Here are some tree-related facts and numbers to ponder as we head for the weekend.
1 . Of literary and historical note
2. Freak out in the Big Apple
Number of trees felled in Central Park and Riverside Park during one freak storm on August 18, 2009: more than 150
3. Mon dieu, a hurricane hits France
4. Oh la la, don’t forget hurricanes on this side of the Atlantic
Number of trees felled by Katrina across the Gulf Coast: roughly 320 million
5. One for the record books? (Using recycled paper of course.)
Estimated number of trees felled by a single squall line traveling across the Amazon in January 2005: roughly 500 million
Now how ’bout leaning back in your recliner and contemplating how many bored (sic) feet that is.
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