Although this is technically February [and essentially March], I
to share some images from the KY Ice Storm from the last week of
'09. I hadn't experienced an ice storm as severe as this one and it
fun listening to and seeing how different trees responded to the
will not forget the persimmon next to my kitchen window just pop all
night on the 27th and rain branches down onto my roof or side of the
Across the Street During
Across the Street After
I left town when my power went out on the 28th and missed the
next few days. My 89.8 yr old neighbor told me the real damage to
trees would come after the ice melted and the trees snapped back.
did seem to be more damage when I returned to town.
Silver Maple during
Silver Maple after
The silver maples were hit hard. But looking at the before and
pictures, it is amazing to see how many feet the outer branches
and sprung back.
Some red maples were completely smashed, like this one on
The river birches next to the library were waylaid! It was pretty
the middle of them. They have since been cut.
Green River Ferry at Mammoth Cave National Park
it out to central Kentucky and Mammoth Caves the last couple of
days. I didn't make it into Big Woods yet to see how much damaged it
might have experienced - hope to visit in the fall. The ice damage
portions of Central KY that I saw were something. Mammoth Caves Nat.
Park lost power for a few days, too.
The cedars and pines took it real hard. Angiosperms were hit
hard as well, but seemed to be less disturbed. These pictures are
worst. Most of the forest, like those in the bottom of the Green
watershed seemed to have less damage.
Wish there was time to do a species review of damage. Would be