hydrangea blossoming

hydrangea blossoming
Hydrangea on the Edge of Blooming

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Danger Everywhere!

Night before last, we had a big and unexpected (at least to me) windstorm.  It just howled all night.  Occasionally, I'd wake up and wonder why it sounded like there were people walking on the roof.  Not people, of course, tree branches breaking off and plummeting down.

It happens periodically and sometimes takes the power out.  But given the number of tall cedars and firs (and it is mostly the fir, maple, and alder breaking off, or at least in our yard), I am surprised that there is not more damage than seems to happen.  A few years back, two of our neighbors had branches plummet down like spears and go through their rooves: in one case, right through into a bedroom--with no one sleeping in the bed, fortunately.

This time, we got one of those branches: about 8 feet, maybe 40 pounds, and standing right there in the dirt outside our front gate.  (about 8 inches of the branch was in the ground.) Scarey stuff.  But the power stayed on around our side of the Point, anyway.  There are big branches down here and there as I walk around the roads, but I haven't heard of any serious damage.  I am hoping this is the last big windstorm for this winter.  Who knows, though; this morning, about 8:30 a.m., I looked out the window to see a heavy snowfall, which lasted for about 15 minutes.

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