Here in the Mid-Columbia we're more used to severe wind conditions, and perhaps that's why we seem to be better prepared for it. But in Spokane, the recent windstorm that passed through us first has left the city still paralyzed.
Tri-Cities is assessing damage to trees and buildings after a Tuesday storm that included 113 mile-per-hour winds atop Rattlesnake Mountain. But throughout the Northwest 4 families are mourning the loss of life.
Humans have a lot of talent, like creating the most hilarious Oprah impression ever. But there is one thing humans can do that reigns at the top of funniest abilities; ladies and gentlemen, we are capable of producing belly laugh-worthy leaf blower faces.
Check out these felled trees in Howard Amon Park in Richland after the Dec. 17 wind storm. I counted five fallen trees plus at least one seriously damaged. I was surprised to see three trees fallen together like dominos.
The loss of 10 trees, large and small, to this historic heart of the city is catastrophic. And 10 is only the number of felled trees - that doesn't include trees that may be damaged beyond repair. Several of the downed trees are decades old.