What in the world could possibly blow down more than 100 trees in the middle of a national park when no other major weather event was recorded in the area? A mysterious incident, believed to be meteorological in nature, knocked down over 100 trees in a Washington state national park and has left weather experts baffled. The head-scratching event occurred in the early morning hours of January 27th at the Olympic National Park. Whatever the force was, it wound up knocking down dozens of fairly large trees in the forest which spawned a rumbling sound that drew concerned from people living nearby.

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What in the world could possibly blow down more than 100 trees in the middle of a national park when no other major weather event was recorded in the area? Photo: Olympic National Park

Although initially presumed to have been a microburst based on the appearance of the downed trees, a local weather watcher named Cliff Mass dug deeper into the story and realized that it was really more of a riddle than that.

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Nobody is able to explain what happened to these trees in a national park in Washington State. Photo: Olympic National Park

It would appear that the force needed to knock down these trees would have to have been considerable and a radar look at the region during that time indicates no such circumstances which could have conjured the mighty wind.

A look at other weather measurements also failed to yield any significant clues, although, intriguingly, a seismic recorder in the area did pick up some rumblings which are thought to have been created by all of the trees hitting the ground.

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A small earthquake was also reported in the same region on the same day, Jan. 27, 2018.

According to Mass the only weather event which may even be remotely related to the weird tree fall could be a frontal zone due to have hit the area later in the evening and even he is weary of that explanation.

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In the wee morning hours of Jan. 27, 2018, some kind of significant wind event managed to blow down 110 trees across a large swath of forest on the north shore of Lake Quinault, on Washington’s Olympic Peninsula.

The case has proven to be so perplexing that the fastidious researcher even joked that “perhaps the Sasquatch or alien visitation explanations should be taken seriously!

With that in mind, it’s probably only a matter of time before someone puts forward a meteor-related theory for the mini-Tunguska event.

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23 COMMENTS

  1. The U.S. Navy was supposedly going to conduct electromagnetic warfare games in the Olympic National Forest.

  2. Someone …. with some type of Bombs; Did all that.

    The way the tree in the photo has been split, it seems that they have cut it with a kind of bomb. If they had done it with a laser beam … the cut of the tree would have been clean. You see a lot of broken pieces of the tree as if a bomb had exploded and broken the tree.

  3. Something VERY powerful must have knocked them down, obviously. Enough to even cause a small earthquake. We need to find out what was it.

  4. The weather front could easily have created the event. The world of weather is unpredictable basically, no matter what a weather person tries to tell you.

  5. I agree with the giants comment – some of those strange sounds would be what a giant would sound like to me too. Creepy!

  6. I’ve seen blow downs of trees from micro-bursts. Never seen shattering of the wood fibers, absent lightening, like that.

    • You are so right, Lance. Its very weird, the part of the tree and the damage. It looks like giant feet stepped on them.

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