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This Red Oak shows the force of the storm. Oaks usually withstand winter storms in western Washington because of their tensile strength, deep taproots, and minimal surface area without leaves. Even so, this specimen was uprooted and fell into an 80-foot Ponderosa pine.
Pines also usually have taproots, but the wood is nowhere near as strong as oak. Even though some of our shore pines were uprooted in this storm, pines here are most often snapped on the trunk. This Japanese Red Pine broke at the twenty-foot level. One other Red Pine and one shore pine experiences a similar fate.
A large Honey Locust also broke, but at the sixteen inch base of the trunk. Like the Red Oak, the Honey Locust had lost all of its leaves before the storm.