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Harvard Forest Weathers a Tropical Storm

September 1, 2011
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Tropical Storm Irene shown from the weather station 2011

As Tropical Storm Irene moved through Petersham on August 28, our canopy cameras, meteorological station, and hydrological weirs captured the storm’s impact for our long-term records. Wind sensors recorded gusts at 16.4 m/sec (or 37 mph) and stream flow peaked at 598 liters/second. See a summary of the storm data here. The storm also gave us an opportunity to feature 20 years of results from a long-term experiment at Harvard Forest that investigates forest resilience to hurricane-force winds. Two news stories were published in Irene’s wake. Athol Daily News and Greenfield Recorder.

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