"A grandma is just an antique little girl"...unknown
Friday, December 3, 2010
Classic Downslope Wind Event
Yep, that's what they call it. The wind started blowing late night on Tuesday. The rattling windows woke us up I don't know how many times. One might have thought we lived next to the tracks with endless freight trains roaring past. It wasn't a hurricane and it wasn't a tornado, but it was an impressive display of wind power from a warm front colliding with a cold front that sent 60+ MPH gusts down the mountains. A torrential downpour followed the ending of the wind Wednesday night.
We lost power on Wednesday afternoon around 3:30 and we were without for 26 hours. At least we have a wood stove and a gas stove that we could light for cooking. Mike dug out the Coleman lantern that belonged to his father. It's at least seventy years old, but still dependable. Still, we were reminded just how much nearly everything we do on a daily basis requires electricity.
Our yard used to be an open field where corn was grown so we have few trees on our property. I managed to load up the wagon with twigs and sticks, but others were clearing large trees out of driveways and the town highway crew was out straight dragging tree trunks off the roads. We lost a few shingles off our roof, but there were some who lost entire roofs. Lucky for us, my son-in-law has a roofing business.
So, that's quite enough weather-related excitement for me.