In a recent radio segment, New England Public Radio featured the results of the micro-climate study that was undertaken by the USDA Forest Service. Results from the study, which can be viewed here, indicate that the areas that had severe damage to the tree canopy showed higher daytime temperatures than nearby areas that were not impacted by the storm.
Findings from the study show that the tornado nearly eliminated street-side tree canopy cover, from an average of 44% canopy cover in the control, unaffected neighborhood to less than 1% in the tornado impacted zone. Additionally, the average morning and afternoon temperature increased between 1-2ºC in the tornado impacted neighborhood, compared to the unaffected neighborhood.
To listen to the radio segment, visit http://tinyurl.com/crp224o