Storm warnings were a part of our day and night for a 48 hr. period last week. Our NOAA weather radio was working overtime at making a big fuss.
Does anyone else have one of those weather radios? I love ours because I’m not one to have the TV on (we don’t get local channels anyway) or the radio on much, too poor a reception but, the NOAA radio, it will start buzzing and beeping when something in our immediate area is immanent. Knowing first hand about storms or the rare tornado is kinda nice.
This is a horrible blurry picture taken early Wednesday evening after we got back from hockey practice. It really only serves to drive home the point that it was ultra windy. Like so windy that I couldn’t hold the cell phone still. Like sustained winds of 45 mph with gusts up to 65mph! That meant, according to what we call “The Lady in the Box” (NOAA Weather Radio), there were supposedly 17’ to 22’ waves out on Lake Huron – It was the reason why we stopped at the lake before we went up to the farm…We wanted to see them monster waves. But nope, couldn’t see those wave heights from the beach. Guess by the time they hit shore they’re much smaller in size? Not sure. I can tell you that it really must’ve been rolling big time out in the shipping lanes of the lake, because before we left Alpena we saw three shipping freighters hanging out in “safe harbor” in Thunder Bay.
That night, Wednesday night, was a loud one. It was so loud that by 2:30 or so Thursday morning I knew that the storm had finally passed. Why? Because the deafening silence woke me up! You know how that goes…You go to sleep with loud sounds then someone turns them off and then…POOF! you wake up. That was me.
The next morning I expected to wake to lots of wind damage but we only had a few trees go down here and no fences were mangled. Amazing.
One of the huge old maples that line the county road north of the farm went down and blocked our way so that Jake and I had to find an alternate route to school Thursday morning. I was in such a rush that I didn’t even think to take a picture, even though I had my camera with me. But really…it was just a big old gnarly tree lying across the road…you’ve seen that before I bet.
(This shot taken with my cell in July – what a contrast huh? Oh and I have no idea what that red dot is. A speck of red licorice on the lens? – Don’t know.)
The theatrics are over for now and it’s been pretty quiet here since. Two days of sun too, all of Saturday and Sunday – I know, that’s what I thought too – WOW! (Yes, being a sarcastic-smarty-pants here).
I saw tonight on the weather channel, that beginning Monday, it’s going to start raining again and that means no more outside projects for a while (a.k.a., mowing)…Here’s hoping we don’t have to hear anymore drama from the Lady in the Box though– Well, not till she starts talking about snow (O Yah!) and Winter Storm Warnings!
And dang it…Now I’m craving Red Vines licorice.