The hail you see here rimming the grass and sidewalk doesn't look or sound as fierce as it did when it fell. The marble-sized hail melted quickly when it hit the pavement; still very hot after our 90* day.
This tree is not in our yard, thank Heaven! These neighbors have lost 4 or 5 trees in the last few months. I couldn't believe how shallow the root bed was for this oak. The section you see here was taller than I am (5'9") and wider as well, but the footprint of it was only about 6-7" deep! The house across the street from me lost a number of trees this way during Hurricane Fran but their trees left a hole 3-4' deep. (Click to embiggen)
A little closer. I think the patterns of the roots are interesting.
The tree is more than 12" in diameter and I'd venture it's at least 60' tall. I wonder why the root bed was so shallow? I always thought that oaks (especially) and other large trees would have very deep root beds. It fell fairly close to their house (even though it doesn't look like that here). They were lucky!
Here is the top part of the fallen tree. You can see the other tree that got damaged when the oak fell. The people who live here were on their way out of town when this happened. Needless to say, they had to postpone their trip for a bit.
This is the "foot print". How on earth could that shallow hole have supported a tree that large for so many years?