Anyone in or near Greenbelt on Tuesday, July 12 has a story to tell about the humongous wind-and-rain storm we experienced at about 6 pm. To me, as I watched nervously from my upstairs window, it looked like a tornado, with all the whirling going on in the treetops. Others describe it as a “bow echo,” which is “when bands of rain showers or thunderstorms ‘bow out’ when strong winds, associated with the storms, reach the surface and spread horizontally. A derecho comes from a long-lived bow echo or a series of bow echoes.” Source.
Whatever it was, Greenbelters posted dozens of photos of its damage to local Facebook groups. Images reproduced here with permission.
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In Old Greenbelt
Below, at Crescent and Gardenway, across from the Sunoco
Below, between 33 Ridge and 56 Crescent Roads
Some residents lobbied on Facebook for this next felled tree to be left in place – for wildlife. As you can imagine, not everyone agreed. I’ve since learned that this tree has to be removed before crews can access a badly damaged sidewalk nearby (see below).
Below, Research Road at Hillside and Green Hills Roads
Below, 36 Ridge Road
Below, somewhere in GHI
Below, somewhere in Greenbelt
Below, in Franklin Park
Below, in Boxwood
Below, in Buddy Attick Park
Below, in Greenbelt National Park
After the Storm
An amazing sky!
More on Facebook
And not just photos! On Facebook conversations were started about the storm, and credit given.
Those conversations were in addition to the (seemingly) DOZENS of posts heralding “Power back on at (name that location) – YAY!” which could be encouraging or profoundly irritating, depending on one’s own power status.
College Park had it Worse!
Feel better now? Now that you’re viewing this (we hope!) from your air-conditioned home?