Skip to content

Battening Down the Hatches

December 11, 2014
The calm before the storm

The calm before the storm

On the list today besides the usual chores of cooking, milking, feeding, mucking, fire tending, jerky making, cookie baking, churning, and maybe some sewing…we need to get prepared for the possibility of high winds from the south.  The 100 mph gorge winds don’t touch us, but the south wind?  That’s our weak point. 30 mph to 40 mph isn’t a pretty sight.


13 Comments leave one →
  1. bunkie permalink
    December 11, 2014 10:54 am

    Wow! Be safe moh! We’re on the other side of the state. Can’t believe the pics on the news of the houses being hit by trees and sliding off the hillsides in the west from the flooding!

    • December 11, 2014 11:17 am

      Bunkie, I know it’s startling to see 😦 It’s as calm as can be here right now, and nice and warm. Fingers crossed it splits and misses us.

      If the lights go out I guess we’ll be forced to entertain ourselves with board games…instead of the interwebs 😉

  2. December 11, 2014 11:08 am

    Looks like we’re sharing this storm, though the satellite image indicates I should only be getting the edges of the thing, not the full blow, so to speak. I checked the forecast last night and things looked pretty tame and drizzly. This am, took a look after I saw your post and the wind warning banner is up, expecting southerlies up to 80km/h (50 mph). Everything on my place is oriented for the prevailing west winds, so southelies often do a bit damage. Hope you ride it out without anything major coming down. All this wet before these big winds makes me worry about some of the big trees going over.

    • December 11, 2014 11:19 am

      SSF, it’s a big one for sure, California is really getting hit. I think we may be in between, north and south look way worse than here for a change. I see firewood in our future, Mother Nature will decide which trees comes down before we do.

  3. December 11, 2014 12:16 pm

    Lovely looking beasts though..c

  4. December 11, 2014 1:01 pm

    Good luck and keep your head down.

  5. December 11, 2014 6:44 pm

    I’m a few hours north of you (Seattle metro) and we’re preparing for the winds, too! I’m a transplant to the Pacific NW, having just arrived this past summer, and the wind storms were a surprise to me!

  6. thecrazysheeplady permalink
    December 12, 2014 6:57 am

    30-40 isn’t pretty, but that picture sure is!

  7. Bee permalink
    December 13, 2014 10:12 am

    We got off lucky in this storm. When we put a new waterproof winter blanket on the stud horse just before the storm, he didn’t seem too impressed with his sartorial splendor, but I bet he stayed drier. Don’t know exactly how high the winds were (although 140 MPH were reported in some CA mountain passes and the prediction for us was 70 MPH), but most of the damage was small stuff — tree branches, etc. We did, however, get 7 inches of rain in about 36 hours, so we had several new creeks and ponds. Lots of flooding downstream, which is why I live on high ground. Lake Shasta is in our county — the lake level rose 17+ feet in 48 hours. I don’t know how many gallons that translates into, but Shasta is one BIG lake, so it’s a lot.

    • December 13, 2014 2:23 pm

      I was worried, I couldn’t access your blog, (firefox problem I think) and was hoping for the best. It never amounted to anything here but a bright, sunny day with a bit of wind. I think it blew around a bucket or two and we got next to no rain. Fine by me, glad you’re okay 🙂

      • Bee permalink
        December 14, 2014 7:43 am

        Oh, Ell was changing the Word Press version, so that was probably it. She’s the techno-geek. Thanks for your concern, though.

  8. December 17, 2014 1:53 pm

    It blew at about 65-70 mph gusts here… torte the roof off the field shelter. It’s heavy gauge corrugated plastic sheeting, and it’s torn into teeny little shreds. I’m going to replace it with tin, if I can find any.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: