While visiting friends in Maryland, I asked about why a particular tree in their yard was cut down to a stump. I hadn't remembered seeing it like that when I visited last year. What happened?
They explained that a massive wind storm had swept through this part of Maryland last year just after I'd visited and had destroyed the tree.
"That's odd," I thought, "I don't remember any tornados in Maryland in 2012... what happened?"
Indeed. What happened?
I was able to find out after just a few moments of research. It was a specific kind of storm that wreaked widespread devastation throughout Maryland. And this leads to today's challenges; there's an easy form, and a more challenging question.
1. What kind of storm destroyed my friend's tree in Maryland last year? (There's a very specific term for this weather event. What's that term?)
2. Can you find the original paper that gave the name to this kind of storm? (You should be able to actually find and read the original text. Accept no substitutes!)As always, please let us know HOW you found the answer(s), and about how long it took you to find it.
(Thanks to Ben B for the idea!)
(Footnote: I'll be traveling all day tomorrowand might not be able to write up the answeruntil Friday. Don't panic, I'll be back.)