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Wicked Winds

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Despite the fact we have returned to cold temperatures again, there is no snow left on the ground around here. I think the severe thunderstorm we endured in the middle of the week took care of anything that hadn’t melted in the previous two warm days.

What we do have now is a lot of added branches on the ground. If there were any dead branches missed by the tree trimmers last month, we won’t need to worry about them, because it’s likely they all blew down.

After the storm moved past, we endured two days of vicious wind. I think we experienced the highest wind gusts since we moved here. I seriously worried the roof might get ripped off the house in the middle of the night, based on the creaking and flexing noises occurring when the most ferocious sounding gusts raged.

The big victory I can report is that the woodshed stood firm under the tight grip of the anchors installed when the structure was rebuilt after the time it blew over in a storm.

With the temperatures back down below freezing, our leaking maple trees are growing sweet sap-sicles again. That’s not just because it got cold, but also because the wind stopped blowing the drips away before they could freeze.

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Written by johnwhays

March 10, 2017 at 7:00 am

Posted in Chronicle

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  1. Any idea how strong the winds were? Do you have a weather station? I’m thinking of getting one so I have more accurate records.

    Jim Parker (@drjparker)

    March 10, 2017 at 9:01 am

    • I don’t have a weather station here, beyond a couple of rain gauges. Based on official reports around the region, we were getting gusts in the 50-60 MPH range.
      We have a wind vane on top of the house, but it has gotten bent (probably by severe winds) and needs some attention.
      I’m not quick to want to get up on the roof…

      johnwhays

      March 10, 2017 at 9:21 am


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