Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Lightning and Rain

Thanks to yesterday's storms that rolled through Ann Arbor, Leslie Park got almost a half an inch of much needed rain. Unfortunately, the rain also came with some lightning. While the crew was standing in the barn, looking out over hole #17, there was a very bright flash, immediately followed by a loud clap of thunder. Sadly, that meant that the lightning hit somewhere on the course. After taking a small tour around the course, it was easy to find exactly where the lightning hit. This cherry tree on the left side of #4 fairway shows the power of lightning. All of the bark is gone from about 20 feet off the ground. The trunk is also spilt. We are currently talking to certified arborists to decide what to do with this tree.

 Here, you can see the split in the trunk.

The group of trees on the left of #4

Here, you can see the extent of the bark removal.

The view from #5 tee.


Tree Service Brooklyn said...

The bark really got ripped off on the second to last picture, how was it that it only got one side of the tree though?

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Scott Spooner said...

I think that the rain was running down the side of the tree where the bark is missing. That is where the lightning went to ground.