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Best of Greenbelt STORM Photos

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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.

Got more photos? Send them to editor@greenbeltonline.org. and please mention where the photos were taken.

In Old Greenbelt

In Mark Cheater’s back yard. He wrote: “We (and the raccoons & the squirrels & the birds & the atmosphere) are going to miss this green giant!” Photo by Jennifer Laemmer.


Below, at Crescent and Gardenway, across from the Sunoco
Photo by Danielle Murphy


Photo by Danielle  Murphy
Photo by Danielle Murphy
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).

Photo by John McBride


Photo by Claude Aubert


Photo by Claude Aubert


Photo by Claude Aubert


Photo by Claude Aubert


Just below the felled tree above. This one upended a sidewalk and can’t be reached by repair crews right now. Photo by Claude Aubert


Below, Research Road at Hillside and Green Hills Roads


Photo by Rosalyn Alleman


Photo by Rosalyn Alleman


Photo by Bill Cornett
Photo by Paul Richards


Photos by Tom LeaMond of just after the storm and the next day – showing how quickly three downed utility poles were replaced.


Below, 36 Ridge Road
Photo by Amethyst Dwyer
Below, somewhere in GHI
Photo by Tom LeaMond


Below, somewhere in Greenbelt
Photo by Pamela Goddard
Photo by Pamela Goddard


Photo by Pamela Goddard


Below, in Franklin Park
Photo by Carla Johns


Photo by Carla Johns
Franklin Park Apartments. Photo by Myisha Hagler.
Below, in Boxwood
Photo by hdr ll
Below, in Buddy Attick Park
Photo by Ed Novak


Photo by Ed Novak


Photo by Ed Novak


Below, in Greenbelt National Park
Photo by volunteer host Ray Wingo.
After the Storm

An amazing sky!

Photo by LaWann Stribling


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?

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Susan started blogging about Greenbelt soon after moving here in 2012, and that first blog has grown into this nonprofit community website. She also created and curates the Greenbelt Maryland YouTube channel. In 2021 Susan joined the Board of Directors of Greenbelt Access TV. Retired from garden writing and teaching, she continues to blog at GardenRant.com.

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