Up top is the MODIS Lake Michigan satellite picture from this (Weds.) afternoon. Look northwest of Green Bay and you’ll see a light-colored streak running southwest to northeast. A tornado occurred there on June 7, 2007 – that was 10 1/2 years ago!
It was an EF3 tornado with winds of 140-160 mph and it was one of five tornadoes that touched down in northeast Wisconsin that afternoon.
Here’s a view of the tornado path from the air. The tornado was on the ground continuously for at least 40 miles and was 1/2 mile wide.
The tornado moved through the Menominee Indian Reservation, which was mostly forest. The twister knocked down 14,000 acres of trees, or roughly 21.8 square miles of trees. By contrast, the city of Grand Rapids, Michigan is 45.27 square miles. The scar is most visible in winter, when snow is on the ground.
The Earth has been subject to earthquakes, floods, meteors, hurricanes, volcanoes, tsunamis, wildfires and tornadoes. Sometimes it takes a while to heal the scars of catastrophe, but heal it will.
With time the forest will return and this scar will be left to the pages of history and the memories of those who recall the storm or the path it left for more than a decade.