Something in all of us loves a disaster, if only as a way to measure our own fortunes. So it was to no one's surprise that thousands of citizens came out in the wake of last week's massive wind storm to ogle the scene. The principal agents (and objects) of the destruction they witnessed were trees. In the storm's most torn-up path, around Lake Nokomis in Minneapolis and east to Highland Park in St. Paul, linden, hackberry, Colorado spruce, elm, and even great oak trees splintered and thundered to the ground. They'd crushed cars (in one case, a new Jaguar) and crashed through roofs. For every one of the nearly 4,000 trees down, it seemed a dozen gawkers appeared on the street... More >>>