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INTRODUCTION Ice storms also referred to as glaze storms cause considerable damage every year to trees in urban and natural areas They vary considerably in their severity and frequency Ice storms are result of the ice formation process which is influenced by general weather patterns Ice accumulates when super cooled rain freezes on contact with surfaces such as tree branches that are at or below the freezing point 0C This generally occurs when a winter warm front passes through an area after the ground-level temperature reaches or falls below freezing Rain falls through layers of cooler air without freezing becoming super cooled Periodically other climatic events including stationary occluded and cold fronts also result in ice storms The purpose of this paper is to gain a better understanding of the1998 ice storm This paper features three main section An introduction the main body damage to woodland and finally a conclusion In the main body of this paper the effect of fire and pestdisease is discussed in detail In the conclusion comparison is made between fire and pestsdisease versus ice storm By the end of this paper one should gain a better understanding of the severity of the 1998 ice storm as well as other damaging agents that affect the woodland in eastern North America THE WORST STORM IN CANADIAN HISTORY Ice storms are often winters worst hazard More slippery than snow freezing rain or glaze is tough and tenacious clinging to every object it touches A little can be dangerous a lot can be catastrophic Ice storm in Northeastern America has been common but the 1998 ice storm was exceptional Ice storms are a major hazard in all parts of Canada except the North but are especially common from Ontario to Newfoundland The severity
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