Nearly three inches of snow fell in Central Park last Saturday, the most snow ever recorded in October in New York City. The bizarre winter storm also carried the threat of below-freezing temperatures, with the potential for wholesale leaf loss quickly followed by dwindling interest in this series. There was a lot of worry over the weekend.
Arriving at Inwood Hill Park on Monday morning, I noticed not a loss of leaves, but a loss of trees. The top half of an American elm had been sliced off by excessive winds. Lying on the ground, fresh splinters of its pale-peach-colored heartwood extrude from a sleeve of bark. On its way down, it toppled a black cherry and a white mulberry. A common hackberry awkwardly arches over jagged spears of sharp timber.
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