- Stick wrote:
- Brewdude wrote:
- Stick wrote:
...I leave all my pipes and 'baccy to Stick.
- Brewdude wrote:
Hope to be on here tomorrow but if not........
Still here by the grace of God mate. And I had a long winded response prepared, but that would not be in the spirit of this thread.
Until the morrow........
Well done matey. Sounded pretty hairy?
I had composed this rather lengthy response to your query, but initially felt it strayed too far off course for inclusion. Well, here it is for you, and apologies for all the detail - but that's how I'm wired! One clarification before we get started since you're a Brit- (NOAA is the acronym for National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and is a website where one can put in their location and receive up to date weather forecasts. I tend to believe NOAA more than anyone since they're usually the most accurate. And in fact even the TV and radio stations use the data from NOAA to compile their own forecasts, or so I'm led to believe).
Sorry mate, I'm still here. The winds missed us in my area of the
Cascade foothills, but I had high anxiety all night so didn't sleep
more than an hr or so. Both the local TV news and NOAA said the same
thing - gusts to 55 mph - and NOAA is usually spot on.
Anything over 40 mph and the power may go out, over 50 and it probably
will, and over 60 it's a ripe dead certainty. Suffice to say that I
was very concerned, including and especially that the night time temps
have been in the teens and the daytime highs hovering around freezing.
(Yes we still think in degrees Fahrenheit here, and so
did you until not so long ago when you were assimilated).
As you might imagine, the prospect of keeping my house warm in that
kind of weather did not hold any appeal, despite having a new 7500w
generator. The genny won't power the furnace which is electric, so
would have to rely on the wood burning stove and all that would
NOAA and the news said that the winds would come in between 8PM and
midnight, so I was basically awaiting the first signs upstairs in my
bedroom and ready to flee to the downstairs couch. You need to
understand that I'm surrounded by very tall fir trees which have an
unfortunate habit of breaking during high winds and coming down on
houses, sometimes to the demise of their occupants.
In fact, pretty much every bad windstorm carries reports of houses
that have literally been cut in half by downed trees. Shortly after I
moved to the Pac NW back in '90 I was very nearly T-boned by a 100'
Madrona that snapped halfway up during a very bad windstorm and came
right toward my kitchen, which I was in at the time.
It was during the morning in full light, and the power was already off
from the day before. I was making breakfast on my camp stove, and
looking outside at the trees bending further than I ever thought a tree
All at once there was a loud snap like a rifle shot, and the next
thing I knew a mass of green was headed right for the kitchen I was
standing in. I was still married to my second wife back then and she
was standing in the doorway between the kitchen and the living room
(lounge to you Brits). I literally tackled her into the living room as
I was sure the tree was coming right through the roof. I hasten to add
that in retrospect all this seemed to happen in slow motion.
The Madrona crashed down right next to the kitchen window, having been
deflected very slightly by a skinny alder which it had fallen against.
Without that alder we'd have been toast! And the alder was a mere 6"
across at the base, where the Madrona was about 2.5' at the base!
The Madrona did succeed to do damage though - it ripped off the corner
of the roof where the breakfast nook was and pulled down the weather
head that connected the house to the power pole. Relatively minor
damage when compared to what might have been, I suppose.
Why am I telling all you this? Only to illustrate how serious I get
when the wind blows here - which it does with alarming regularity
during certain periods of the year. I take it very seriously, and for
And forget about suggesting that I remove all the trees on my property
that might pose a problem - I've certainly considered that - but the
reality is that the multitude of the neighbours trees within striking
distance of my house negates that idea. And in any event, removing
trees only makes those near them more vulnerable due to the fact they
were used to a certain wind force over time and would have adjusted to
that by nature of root structure. So, remove one or remove all!
Back in '06 there was an epic windstorm in the Pac NW which looked
quite like a hurricane from satellite photos. A huge low depression
which descended upon us like the second coming. Predictions of 70 mph
winds, when in fact 85 mph was later reported in some areas.
And yes of course I realize that these wind speeds are small change to
those in bonafide hurricane areas. Be that as it may.....
The net results of this was something like 3M customers lost power, some for
several weeks or more. I was without power for 6+ days and that was
typical. This was during mid-Dec, when the ambient temps had not
dipped below freezing. Yet it was all I could do to keep the house in
the upper 60's with the wood stove. It required tending at least every
All to say that when the wind blows it gets my attention. And make no
mistake, when I eventually retire I will get the hell outta here in
favour of warmer climates where power is not a problem!