– Calgary’s summer snowstorm cleanup could take weeks (Ice Age Now, Sep 12, 2014):
Thousands of trees toppled to the ground.
Thanks to a massive volume of snow and an abundance of leaves still on trees, thousands of trees toppled to the ground creating carnage in neighbourhoods and to the power grid.
The city reports some 2,000 trees had collapsed onto roads and thousands more had fallen on private property, though the full extent of the damage wasn’t known.
Digging out from the surprise snow storm could take days or even weeks to clean up, Mayor Naheed Nenshi said.
Some 1,500 Calgary businesses and homes remained without power on Thursday.
One of the ways that scientists estimate how long it took for any given ice age to begin, is by looking at how fast the deciduous trees disappeared in that area.
At the end of the Eemian Period, for example, deciduous trees in many northern locations disappeared in less than 100 years.
Are we now seeing a re-occurrence of such a phenomenon?