July 20, 2017
By Kevin Johnson
A Puslinch Today reader has reported that at approximately 6:10 this evening, at the height of the first wave of thunderstorms that passed through the region, his property near the intersection of Wellington Roads 32 & 34 was hit by what he describes as a ‘microburst’. (Be sure to take a look at the pictures at the bottom of this article.)
Mr. Heller reported: “The wind picked up to a tremendous speed, it got dark and about 8 seventy foot maple trees snapped within the span of about 40 seconds, then it just ended. Non of our neighbours were affected on either side of us. After a bit of reading, I am sure we experienced a microburst. We reside in a former sugarbush filled with 70 foot maple trees.”
“The photos don’t do it justice. Amazing how localized it was, our property only. I’m glad that it didn’t cause damage to our neighbours. Attached are photos of the downed trees. I watched two of them snap in half just before I got the kids down to the basement. At the time, I felt it may have been a tornado coming. I missed the Barrie tornado by 20 minutes those many years ago and it was a very similar experience.”
I’m sure I’m not alone in being thankful that no one was hurt.
Many thanks to Mr. Heller for contributing this story and the accompanying pictures.
From Wikipedia: A microburst is a small downdraft that moves in a way opposite of a tornado. Microbursts are found in strong thunderstorms . Within a thunderstorm there are two types of microbursts: wet microbursts and dry microbursts. They go through three stages in their life cycle: the downburst, outburst, and cushion stages.
A microburst often has high winds that can knock over fully grown trees. They usually last for a couple of seconds to several minutes.