“There is no real ending. It’s just the place where you stop the story.”

― Frank Herbert

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Fast and Furious.



We went into town for lunch today.  It was already overcast and we got some heavy rain on the way in, but I didn't think much of it.  It's that time of year, and according to The Weather Channel we are getting way more rain than normal anyway.

We went to our favorite place for lunch. They are up on a hillside, with a great view of the mountains. People started coming in and talking about big hail and wind just outside of town.  Then we saw the storm come over the mountains from the NE.  It was just a black mass.   There was lightning spiking down from it and the thunder was impressive.  As it passed over the town the lights flickered and the silverware on the table shook.  When particularly big bursts of thunder went off the floor would vibrate. Some of the women shrieked, that kind of thing where everybody laughs afterwards but they're still nervous and looking around.  It was an amazing storm, they just keep getting stronger and I am continually thinking that each particular storm is the most powerful I've seen here.

When we got home, one of the kittens had gotten off the front porch and been out in the storm. He was almost dead.  My wife dried him off with the hair drier and put him on a heating pad, but I don't think he will make it.  Why he went out in the storm is beyond me. Animals do strange things.  This past winter I found one of our cats sitting out in the middle of the meadow, covered with snow, frozen solid. It was as if he just sat down in the snow, 20 feet from the warm hay stacked out of the wind, and died.


The lightning bugs are out tonight in force.  The meadow is swarming with them, and the bats are swooping down out of the trees and gobbling them up.   It's very damp and quiet out there tonight, too warm to spend much time on the porch but it was still an interesting sight.

Nothing really interesting other than the storm today.  Some days up here are just that way.

21 comments:

  1. We are pretty used to powerful storms up this way. We may not be Kansas but Kansas blows enough that we feel it here... Have to thank those K-State girls again sometime :)

    Anyway what has been particularly more destructive than usual this year has been the constant winds. We can weather most every storm but if we keep getting winds like we got this year it will increase maintenance costs, especially for out building roofing, dramatically.

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    1. We haven't had much wind except during a big storm. There have been some mornings where I've gone out and everything is covered with junk out of the trees.

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  2. Our storms aren't as spectacular as yours, but we seem to be getting more of them than is normal for June. Flooding usually happens in the spring when the snow melts, but there has been so much rain that there have been flash floods in some areas. The ground is so saturated that it doesn't take much of a wind to uproot the trees. I wish the sun would shine for more than a day at a time.

    I loved watching the lightning bugs at night when I was a kid. Still do.

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    1. The first time I remember seeing lightning bugs was in the summer of 1973. I was at MCB Quantico, in Virginia. I went down to Fredericksburg, to Mary's Heights. It was just at dusk, nobody was at the battlefield, and thousands of those fireflies came out of the woods and swirled around the sunken road. I've been all over the world and seen a lot of things, but that's one of the ones that sticks in my mind.

      I slept until eleven thirty today, and when I finally got up and went out to shut off the night security lights outside the ground still welled up water when I stepped on it. Something has to be causing this very wet summer and that bitter cold and long winter, but I have no idea what.

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  3. Sounds like a wonderful storm Harry. Are lightning bugs the same as fireflies? I love the mental image of the women shrieking and looking around afterwards :)

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    1. Tanya, yes, lightning bugs are the same insects. We mostly call them lightning bugs in the south, but I think most of the rest of the country calls them fireflies.

      The thunder and lightning overhead was a bit intimidating. Women tend to vocalize anxiety or alarm more, then they laugh at each other and themselves in a case like this. I think everybody was nervous. I know there would have been some colorful swearing if there had only been men there, but it's considered "trashy" to swear in mixed company so the men couldn't really articulate their discomfort with the storm. Cussing is the only acceptable way a guy can communicate nervousness or dismay without loss of face. For instance, if you turned over a log and a big rattlesnake was under it, and you went eeeeehhhhhhkkkkk! You'd be disgraced forever and have to move. But if you jump back and say &*#(^@! There's a (*#&^%## big (#&@^#$%Z$ rattler over here, that's ok.

      :-)

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  4. Poor little kitty - must've been spooked by the storm?

    It seems like Mother Nature is making a definite statement world wide....

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    1. Dani, unbelievably, the kitten is ok this morning. You usually can't bring back an animal that's as badly off as he was. My wife worked hard on him though and she saved him. I don't why the stupid thing didn't get on the porch, everybody else did.

      I don't know what's going on but I can say for sure this weather for the past year has been extraordinary, all across our country and absolutely here in the South. It hasn't been a change for the better, either. Another winter like last one will about finish me off.

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  5. Hey Harry.

    (captaincrunch)

    Its El Nino. That's why the surf here has been so good too.

    We have very little ran but lots of wind making for some great surf. This winter will be wet and cold. If you don't mind me suggesting it. I would make preps for a cold and wet winter.
    I will be gearing up myself. I will also be looking for another jacket/coat and other cold weather gear soon while its dirt cheap and 95 degrees outside.

    We got some really hard core shark fisherman down here that are looking for that 14 foot, 2000 lb great white shark.
    Some shark fishermans pick up truck's gonna need leaf springs soon. I've seen thease guys in action. The teamwork involved in pulling up a 12 foot shark is unreal and any Navy Seal would take notes on how well thease shark fisherman work as a team.

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    1. What do people want with a Great White? You can't eat it, can you? I don't usually hold with hunting unless you can eat what you catch, but I'll make an exception in the case of sharks. I know they fill a niche in the ecosystem and all that, but I feel about them like I do about snakes. I don't want them anywhere around me.

      I hope you are wrong about the winter. Honestly , this last one was really hard to get through. Living here was pretty hard, just getting in and out of the place was tough or impossible sometimes. I lost lots of the cats, and some chickens, to the cold. The pipes were really hard to keep thawed. Propane went off the scale. I am filling my tanks in August, at the "Fall Fill up" even though it will cost me about a thousand bucks per tank.

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  6. we [n. e. ohio] are getting the thunderstorms, too.
    short but violent with hail at times.
    usually i expect thunderstorms in august.
    glad cap'n crunch explained about el nino.
    i will expect another winter of extreme cold but with lots of rain, which is liable to be ice up here.

    you know, the Bible says that at the end times the winds will be so ferocious that men's hearts will fail within them for feqr. so... the worst is yet to come.
    warms your heart, don't it?
    deb h.

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    1. Deb, I'm not religious at all but strangely enough, I got out the bible and read about the "end times" again not too long ago. I'm also one of those strange people who , when faced with a situation they have to ponder, will take out the bible and just randomly open a page and put my finger on a spot, to see what it says. I guess it's my Celtic blood struggling with the rational brain.

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  7. Ah, thats sad news about the kitten but you are right, they sometimes do very strange things and sometimes their nine lives run out.

    Too much rain, wow, I wish we had some of that our way, I've forgotten what that looks like.

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    1. Today the kitten is fine. I'm amazed, because I thought he was a goner. But not so, my wife got him warmed up quickly enough to pull through, I guess. He isn't very smart, to get caught in the rain. There are plenty of places here a cat can get to be warm and safe.

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  8. I hope the little guy makes it ! We've been storm free for a couple of days now but the ones we have had were doozies! Glad you were all ok in town.

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    1. Kathy, we couldn't have been in a better place to watch the storm. The restaurant is right up on top of a hill, with a spectacular view of the mountain to the East and the North. It was an amazing storm. I was worried about what might have happened out at the place, because I didn't shut anything down when we left. It was clear at the house and I saw no need. When we got home there had been a power failure but nothing permanent I have found yet. The pump wasn't destroyed and I was more concerned about that than anything else.

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    2. The kitten was fine this morning. Miriam worked hard on warming him up, drying him out, and feeding him warm milk.

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  9. I won't get into the whole global warming trend debate, but it seems like the weather is getting more extreme. Perhaps, it's the greater energy that the atmosphere can hold? Or am I paying more attention? IDK, but Mother Nature doesn't show any mercy. Hope the kitten pulls through, and learns it's lesson for next time.

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    1. I don't believe that humans are causing global warming. I do know that the climate has cycles, and that some of them are extreme and happen very quickly . Some people have told me that El Nino is to blame for all this, but I have to go back and look it up because though I recognize the name, and I know it has something to do with ocean currents, that's all I know about it.

      The cat made it. He's pretty stupid, so his odds of making it up here in the woods are not good but I'm glad he got through this time.

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  10. More heavy rain here in MN the last 3 days. Many roads are becoming closed to mudslides or flash flooding. I mowed half our yard yesterday, hope to finish tomorrow or Sat. Too wet today, Hope the little guy pulls through. Stay safe.

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    1. People all over the country are having this weather, from me to your place and points in between. It's bad for people who live in log homes with cedar shake roofs, because moss starts growing on the shakes when they never dry out. Then you have to spray this herbicide on the roofs and that is tough to do.

      The cats ok. He's got eight lives left.

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