Sunday, November 18, 2012
The yearly hurricane and early snowstorm
On the day of the storm, I worked from home and the lights flickered early in the day. Not a good sign. Winds and some rain picked up. Although the rain didn't and never came close to Hurricane Irene. Mind you Hurricane Irene made landfall to my northeast and Hurricane Sandy made landfall to my south. The winds picked up and by 6 pm they were pretty brutal. I had been watching tv coverage all day, saw that Sandy had made landfall, then at 8 pm decided I needed to watch something else. I was excited to see a PBS show about wolverines and was just getting comfortable when the power went out. I peeked outside and it was pitch black everywhere with swirling ominous winds. Well I thought, I'm sure by morning the power will be back on and went to bed.
My parents had 7 large trees fall on their house....a domino effect. No real damage to the house or deck. The nearby woods has more trees down on the ground than upright. I cruise around the woods to get a closer look. It looks like mostly white ashes went down with some other trees here and there. I later learn that white ashes have shallow roots in rocky soil, which is what my parents have. I get to see the slow operation of getting the trees off the house.
Thankfully the following nor'easter was a non-event. The ride home in the snow was a bit tough especially with the increased traffic and lack of potential open alternates. I got 5 inches of snow that night, but it was already starting to melt by morning. I didn't lose power and now felt safe to buy perishables for the fridge again.