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“Trees, regardless of size, all break at the same wind speed. Here’s why.”

Science magazine posted an interesting story online about wind damage to trees,  In the article they claim that research has shown that trees generally all break at wind speeds of 94 mph or higher, although trees can lose branches or tip over at lower speeds, especially if the ground is wet and their root systems are compromised.  Breakage can also occur from ice or snow loading, as we’ve seen in some recent ice storms here in the Southeast.  According to the research, this relationship seems to hold true regardless of the species of tree.  I’m not sure if I believe this or not.  What do you think?

Source: Jibi44, Commons Wikimedia via Science

Source: Jibi44, Commons Wikimedia via Science