Rain, Rain, and Then The Winds Blow

Real Estate Agent
For those wondering if I snapped this photo of myself while laying on the ground, you’d be wrong.

In this first picture I'm actually standing in front of the root system of a toppled Oak tree.

As many of you know, for several weeks, Sacramento had been the target of a daisy chain of severe winter storms. Weather experts have titled them “Atmospheric Rivers.” After several years of drought, the rains have been a welcome sight. However, high winds which at times approached hurricane strength, coupled with moisture saturated ground, took their toll on just about everything, especially Sacramento trees.

As I traveled along the American River Parkway, on this perfect blue sky morning, I came across this felled Oak tree. It provides an example of how shallow drought starved tree roots make trees vulnerable, especially when partnered with prolonged rains and high winds.

I’m going to miss this old Oak tree. It has been at that spot on the Parkway, for as long as I can remember!

Myrl Jeffcoat


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Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

Kathy Streib - Thank you, Kind Lady!

Kat Palmiotti - There are several in the community that were even larger.  But, this one was easy to snap quick pictures of, so I did.

Dorie Dillard Austin TX - That part of the American River Parkway has always been especially nice.  Yes, I'm going to miss that tree.  

Nina Hollander, Broker - Taking down a beautiful Magnolia tree would be heartbreaking for sure.

Jan 21, 2023 09:56 AM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

Wayne Martin - What I have learned over the last few weeks, is there are components of nature that actually go to war with one another. Nature isn't always the harmony we think it is.

Michael Jacobs - Aw, Facebook.  Who knew back in the day, we'd be able to so easily communicate from distance places (like Elizabeth Weintraub's Hawaii).

Joan Cox - I couldn't get over how far over my head the toppled root system of that tree would tower. Clearly, it was several feet.

Jan 21, 2023 10:01 AM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

Ed Silva - When I closely examined that root system, it was as if a tap root never existed.  I looked everywhere for evidence it once did.  The drought has impacted many of these trees.  I've also been amazed when coming across other downed trees.  So many of them have hollow branches and trunks.  

Will Hamm - In one of our community parks there was once a lovely grove of pine trees next to a water feather.  Most of them are blown over now.  What is interesting is some blew in one direction, while others blew over in another.  It's as if the winds came between them to create a tunnel.

Anna Banana Kruchten Phoenix Broker - Sacramento has always prided itself as "The City of Trees."  We have lost some that  were older than the city in the downtown and midtown area.

Jan 21, 2023 10:07 AM
Anna Banana Kruchten Phoenix Broker

It's sad to see the trees down or dying.  A few summers ago we had quite the heat spell and we lost over 6 big trees in our back yard - all beautiful palms.  It took awhile to get others to grow.....still not back to it former glory.

Jan 21, 2023 10:11 AM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

Thanks, Myrl, for sharing your observations.

Take care, be safe and have an outstanding weekend.

Jan 21, 2023 10:20 AM
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Myrl that is amazing that the roots on this oak tree are so shallow.  Here on the East Coast they are much deeper, and can withstand a lot of bad weather.

Jan 21, 2023 11:18 AM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Myrl Jeffcoat - Love that first picture of you! I'm sorry to hear about the bad weather conditions you had in Sacramento. This is the first time I heard about your weather conditions. Whenever a tree dies, part of the community dies too. Yet, there is hope. Several years ago, I was devastated by our drought like conditions followed by thunderous rain clouds. Then, there were the dying trees and my beautiful Knock Out Rose bushes. I went to the nursery and learned a lot from the owner about when that happens, and the ground gets all that rain at once, the trees become like an addict and no good comes to them. She was right! 

May good things happen to you and your beautiful city of Sacramento. 

Jan 21, 2023 04:12 PM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi Myrl, 

What a shame about the tree.  Your image is very creative and a great way to remember this beautiful tree.  When I lived in SoCal, we used to call those chain storms the Pineapple Express because they originated around Hawaii.  I hope these storms settle down.  They have done a lot of damage to the west coast. 


Jan 22, 2023 08:06 PM
Ray Henson
eXp Realty of California, Inc. (lic. #01878277) - Elk Grove, CA

It always amazes me that a tree can stand so long against the winds over the years and finally succumb.  I love how you took the pictures to show different perspectives. 

Jan 23, 2023 08:50 PM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

Good Friday morning, Myrl.

Have a great day and an outstanding weekend.

Jan 27, 2023 10:16 AM
Jeff&Grace Safrin
F.C.Tucker 1st Team Real Estate - Valparaiso, IN

Wow Myrl, That was some tree! Thanks for sharing those amazing photos and glad to see you are enjoying retirement!



Jan 27, 2023 01:56 PM
Gloria Todor
Premier Property Sales & Rentals - Media, PA
& Doug Durren (484) 431-3686 in SE PA

Myrl, Sad to see those big trees get uprooted. A lot going on in your area. Take care

Jan 27, 2023 02:27 PM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

Good Saturday morning, Myrl.

Have an outstanding weekend.

Jan 28, 2023 09:59 AM
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

In the old days you used to use your photographs more often and I always admire your eye for beauty Myrl Jeffcoat 

Jan 28, 2023 04:35 PM
Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400
The Top Team @ Charles Rutenberg Realty 255 Executive Dr, Plainview NY 11803 - Plainview, NY
Long Island Condo and Home Specialists

Beautiful photos you have captured Myrl. It is amazing that what looks like giant strong tress can be destroyed with a gush of wind!

Jan 30, 2023 05:39 AM
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

I must say that you Californians go beyond and have a hard time just having a little bit of rain and wind and drought Myrl Jeffcoat 

Jan 30, 2023 09:10 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Myrl I wonder if the tree could have been replanted with a bit of a digging? Endre

Jan 30, 2023 10:50 PM
Jane Chaulklin-Schott
TEAMCONNECT REALTY - (407) 394-9766 - Orlando, FL
TeamConnect Luxury Homes - Orlando, Florida, 32836

Myrl, how sad to see the beautiful and sturdy OAK Tree down.  A couple months ago we had a Hurricane in Florida and it did a lot of damage in southern Florida.  When it passed over my area, Central Orlando, it followed a few weeks of rain.  The ground was so saturated, that the Hurricane just blew gently when passing and HUGE TUCKER OAKS went down.  One of the huge Oaks went down in the park adjacent to our patio.  It just laid down, uprooted, just like in your photo.  I had to close the office blinds so I couldn't see it 'cause I wanted to pick it up and put it back in the ground. 

Feb 01, 2023 10:11 PM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Myrl Jeffcoat 

Hi there! Just checking in on you to find out how things are in your area now. I hope things have improved. It really breaks my heart to see downed trees and broken branches. How are you doing?

Feb 03, 2023 02:30 PM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

Good Saturday morning, Myrl.

Have a great day and an outstanding weekend.

Feb 04, 2023 07:19 AM
Leanne Smith
Dirt Road Real Estate - Golden Valley, AZ
Relocation to NW AZ with elbow room & more freedom

As others have written, a great photo and sad to lose the tree.

Feb 17, 2023 07:29 AM