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RE: The Weather Thread - RN-PRN - 07-15-2011 11:17 AM
Check the bar Boomski...there is something special over there for you...great job
RE: The Weather Thread - Phillip - 07-15-2011 10:54 PM
(07-14-2011 06:52 PM)Rey Wrote: Thanks for the well wishes everyone. Stopped by a friends house to pick up water and logging on the internet briefly. Everyone in my family is fine, and no damage to my house other than all the tree branches down, so I feel lucky there as others have had more damage.
I understand what you are going. Went through the same thing in April. Just hang in there. Seems like the storms are really nasty this year compare to other years.
RE: The Weather Thread - Rey - 07-16-2011 11:24 AM
Well, the power finally came back on yesterday and things are starting to get back to normal. I have to say that having no electricity or running water was a very unpleasant experience and I would not wish it on anyone. When they returned, I was just like, “Oh my wonderful shower, I turn the knob and the water comes out!” And the toilet, it now flushes without manually filling the tank with buckets, amazing. I will never take these things for granted again. I am aware there are parts of the world that don’t have either of these luxuries, ever. I think its all relative, no matter where your place in life, there are those who have it better than you, and there are those who have it worse. Sometimes, much worse. In general I just try to be thankful for the things I have, and try not to complain too much.
I spent most of my available time during the outage cutting up all the downed branches in my vicinity and hauling them into a pile by the road for pickup. Of course the chainsaw I had was an electric one (Doh!), and with nowhere to plug it in, I was doing all the cutting manually with a hand saw. When I would drive across town to pick up water, I noticed the very same piles of branches in front of everybody’s houses. I also saw tarps covering cars where trees had fallen on them. I saw trees that had fallen on houses. Again, even though I was without power, I felt lucky it wasn’t worse for me.
I couldn’t help but wonder, what the heck kind of storm was this? What kind of storm has such a wide path of destruction that causes everyone’s trees and branches to come down and wipe out power to 800,000 households? So I did a little investigating. It wasn’t a tornado, which usually has a much narrower damage path. Turns out the storm was something called a “derecho”. According to the Storm Prediction Center, a derecho is a “long lived collection of downburst clusters at least 240 miles in length, most of which generate wind gusts of at least 57 mph, and associated with bow echoes, or bands of thunderstorms that assume a bow shape.” Yep, I remember that bow shaped radar image I saw on television moments before the storm hit, with my own town lined up at the crest of the bow, the worst area of the storm. To me, it seemed like a 70 mile wide F1 tornado came through, there was no escaping it. It was literally a bulldozer of 80 mph winds plowing its way across the area.
As far as not having a generator, yes I am guilty of not being prepared. Its just that, I have lived here 16 years, and have never had a power outage that lasted over an hour. It just never occurred to me the need for a generator, it seemed like something for more rural areas with more frequent outages. Of course, once this outage became long term, everyone wanted one and the stores quickly ran out of them.
Well anyway, it was a very difficult week, and I’m glad that its over. I almost feel like a week of summer has been taken away. I even had a post for here I was getting ready Sunday night about what a good time I had over the weekend, but now I feel like I shouldn’t bother with it.
RE: The Weather Thread - NWoBHM - 07-16-2011 12:20 PM
Hi Rey, Glad you are back mate!!
RE: The Weather Thread - BrianW - 07-16-2011 01:00 PM
Glad you're up and running Rey. I just read about those types of storms in a forth-coming novel set in northern Minnesota. Amongst the most powerful and long-lasting storms on record.
Time to start the survival kit for the next storm. Hopefully a long way out. We in NH have been socked with some crippling ice storms in the past years. Last one left us in the dark for 13 days. I welcomed it like indoor winter camping, but was smacked down hard! You truly do appreciate all that stuff that comes back on in the end.
RE: The Weather Thread - nettiesaur - 07-17-2011 12:56 PM
Right now, I'm trying to survive the heat wave. 94 degrees with 74% humidity...and we had our church picnic today.
I had to leave. It was just too hot out there. You have to remember that I live in an area that can get down to -20F in January.
That's a 114 degree difference!
RE: The Weather Thread - Boomer - 07-17-2011 01:05 PM
Uhhh no you dont need to reiterate that to me! We are still having so much pavement issues alone with the heat we may have to start closing some roads until repairs can be made. This hot weather is doing a number on me for sure. I have locked myself into the basement where its nice and cool. Its 91 degrees here....and to be honest I sure am glad I took a short ride on Melissa this morning. Will still have to go out later and get grilling meat for dinner this week. I might melt!
RE: The Weather Thread - Mufasa - 07-17-2011 03:01 PM
104 yesterday (yeah - we played in that... yeah, we're idiots)
101 right now.
Wanna trade? I have made a monster caipirinha with the only cachaca that my local spirit purveyor had on the shelf.
I feel cooler... maybe it's my imagination. Here kitty-kitty...
RE: The Weather Thread - Bageleth - 07-17-2011 09:33 PM
Our weather is like that of Fall today. A lot of rain, and clouds. I even saw fall decorations at one of the stores today!
RE: The Weather Thread - Phillip - 07-17-2011 09:39 PM
This past week Monday to Thursday we were at 98 degrees. Yesterday and today we were 68 degrees. That is here in the south east. Unheard of for July. It felt nice but all good things must come to an end. Back in the high 90's until who knows.