Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Stormy Weather


In 2003 we here in the Halifax area got a direct hit from Hurricane Juan. (click)
It was late September (thank God!) and we lost power for over a week.

The park we visited quite often (and still do), Point Pleasant Park which is in the 
southern most part of the peninsular Halifax, was turned into a 
a pile of rubble. Over 10,000 trees were knocked down by Juan's force.

One of those trees you can see below ...... at least the trunk part of that tree.
It was turned into this animal sculpture.
Seals are abundant in the waters off the park's shore.

Has your area ever been hit by a big storm that caused everything to be shut down
for a few days?


15 comments:

  1. 'Don't know why there's no sun up in the sky, stormy weather, since my man and I ain't together keeps rainin' all the time.' Your title makes me think of Lena Horne signing that beautiful song. I didn't realize the hurricane hit your area so hard. We've had some tropical storms during the five years I've lived in Florida, but no hurricanes. When I lived in Maryland, we had some harsh winters that sometimes included blizzards. After one blizzard, we couldn't leave the house for about a week, and when we did go out, the snow was piled so high that it was difficult to see around corners to find out if another car was present.

    Love,
    Janie

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    1. I am happy that the title triggered this song, Janie....and who doesn't LOVE Lena Horne!?
      Sounds like you now live in a much more habitable location if storms are any indication.

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  2. What a nice way to make something beautiful from a destructive storm Jim! We have lots of wind storms here on the west coast of Scotland Jim but nothing hurricane like so far I'm pleased to say. Our greenhouse wouldn't make it!

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    1. Hey Craig! Good to see you! Yes, I can imagine the winds that hit your shores there on the west coast.
      Do you get much snow, if any?

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    2. Usually very little snow Jim as our coast is influenced by a very mild gulfstream. Maybe a few days of light snow every year. But in the winter of 2010 we had snow on the ground (a lot of it) for 8 weeks +. I also remember seeing my car temperature guage show -15C one morning which is the coldest I can ever recall here. It was all very Canadian! Due to El Nino the experts think that January-March could be cold and snowy here. We'll see!

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  3. we regularly get large storms , many of them have been named. The Inauguration Day Storm 1993 produced sustained winds of 60mph+ in Puget Sound.

    So much timber came down I know of people who were without power for three weeks. After these storms we regularly get workers in from other areas of the country to help make repairs.

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    1. It seems like both coasts are susceptible to certain kinds of storms.......coming off their oceans. That 93 storm sounded really bad.

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  4. Just one overnighter without power here jimbo.......i had chicks in the incubator..all of the electricity workmen got their heads together and got me a generator!

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    1. Even one night is one too many, John. I don't think we realize how much we depend on having power until we lose it.
      Hats off to those electrical men!!

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  5. Thank goodness we don't get anything of that magnitude here. An occasional blizzard that might shut the highways down for a day or so, but that's it. And it's rare (touch wood) to lose power.

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    1. Well, for a hurricane to hit us that Juan did, is more the exception than the rule, Debra. Thank God!
      Alberta has a long cold winter, right?

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  6. In February 2004, there was the 100 year flood, followed by gale winds. Huge damage, 1014 farms were flood-damaged. Stock Damage 5000 sheep, and 600-1000 dairy cattle were lost. Area20,000 ha of farmland were under water Evacuees In the lower North Island, 2300 people were evacuated. A week after the flooding started, around 1000 people remained homeless. Three months later 400 homes were still uninhabitable, with 922 people still out of their homes. ( details from internet) The flood did damage in our small town, but the winds toppled some 35 of our own firewood trees They were like dominos, one down on top of another, a huge tangled mess.. For those without power, in remote areas, some for many weeks, the local power authorities would not send the men into the dangerous areas until the wind subsided. It was called " Widow makers" by the linesmen. During the flood, our small town was isolated, and we had visitors from overseas, every bed occupied, and spare mattresses on the floor. The seals from the tree remnants, what a beautiful sculpture. Stay safe up North.

    CommentLocal authorities described the floods as the most devastating in over 100 years.

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    1. Now THAT was a storm to fear and remember for many, Jean!!
      The power that Mother Nature can wield is astonishing to say the least.

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  7. The only big thing I've ever had to deal with was the North American Ice Storm of 1998. That was pretty bad. Shut down just about everything.

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  8. In 1998 we were hit by a huge ice storm and lost power for 11 days. I am thankful for all the friends and family who took us in.

    Some had no power for more than 30 days. We learned a lot about being prepared and ready.

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