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Storm flattens trees in Santa Fe National Forest

Eddie Garcia
May 11, 2017 05:25 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- The vantage point from Chopper 4 shows the result of nature's raw power. The Santa Fe National Forest reports a massive tree blow-down on Windsor Trail near Stewart Lake.

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According to witness reports, the damage was found shortly after May 5. Still, the forest service says that down trees pose a major hazard. Even standing trees in the area could be damaged and susceptible to collapse.

The damage was most likely not caused by a tornado. From the looks of it, this result could be from a dry microburst.

Exactly how does a dry microburst work? In many cases, dry thunderstorms will actually evaporate the rain before it hits the ground. This causes the air to become cold, dense and heavy and it comes rushing to the ground.

That's a likely culprit for the tree-flattening we saw in the Santa Fe National Forest.

Microbursts happen all the time in New Mexico, during severe weather season and throughout the monsoon. The damage can be devastating, even destroying structures and overturning vehicles.

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Eddie Garcia

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