On and Off Line

Good Morning Ted and Jody:

Late Friday afternoon it began to rain.  We got at least 1.75 inches on Friday (between 4 and 8 when I went to bed) and another 1.25 inches yesterday before I went to bed again (8 last night).  We also had some wind.  While I have the green house tied down with metal which is secured by concrete sunk in the ground, not so with the new shed.  I should probably do the same with the shed for it has a much bigger surface to act as a sail.  I mention this as the wind Friday night was over 25 mph and it got there again yesterday.  Indeed, there were two tornados which hit the coast south of Seaside, Oregon, yesterday morning.  More and higher sustained winds are predicted for today on the coast and here.  But here, only 40 mph with gusts to 50 is the prediction.  Yesterday morning a large tree (18 inches in diameter) fell across WA504.  However, a couple of locals with chain saws made short work of that.  When we went through after noon, all that remained were sawdust and stacks of wood on the side of the road with signs “FREE WOOD” on one of the stacks.

In the Pacific Northwest when weather systems come in off the Pacific, there is often a break between them that provides for photo opportunities.20161014_124605 pan ns email.jpg I have thought I should make a portable Plexiglas shelter so I could sit at the side of Silver Lake on times when systems are moving through to get some more dramatic shots of the clouds.  However, going to and fro yesterday I did get the one panorama with the Edge 7.  The camera controls are a bit different from those the Note 7 had; but my initial evaluation of the Edge is that it is an adequate replacement and will do just fine.

A positive benefit of these systems is snow in the Cascades.  On Friday we could see Mt. St. Helens and it already had a dusting of snow at 5000 feet and above.  The rain we have already had, could translate into 30 inches of snow at higher elevations—scenic beauty and a winter playground for those who can get up there and water for next summer.

When the rain started on Friday, the lights flickered.  Rather than exposing my computer to the vagaries of electrical surges and lightening, I turned it off until this morning.  Not having a computer operating there was plenty to do—I got a nap!  We got thunder and lightning yesterday—it frightened the dickens out of the cat.  We rarely get either; so, to have both was a treat for me.  The scarcity of thunder and lightning reminded of a story my mother told of lightning and thunder in Coos Bay, OR.  After she and dad had lived there for seven years some friends came from the Midwest to visit.  Early in their visit, a system moved in with clouds Midwesterners would describe as threatening. Mom has just explained to the couple that “here we never get thunder and lightning with those as we did back in Wisconsin”  when both struck.  Mom’s analysis “You just can’t trust Mother Nature not to be listening.”

I will be turning the computer off now until there is a break in the current “wind event.”

Warmest regards, Ed


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7 Responses to On and Off Line

  1. Glad the edge is satisfactory, but with your eye I’m surprised you don’t go for a camera that isn’t a phone. 😊 I miss thunderstorms, I remember them being a feature of my childhood, but nowadays one in 10 years.

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  2. beetleypete says:

    Unlike FR, we have already had some fierce thunderstorms down here this year. The new phone rendered the shot well, Theo, and looks a little sharper than the other Galaxy too.
    I hope that the shed doesn’t blow away. Then again, you aren’t in Kansas!
    Best wishes, Pete.

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    • Again, welcome back, Pete. Yes, the Edge camera looks like it will do nicely.
      The only thunder and lightning we got was at the start of the first front moving in on Friday morning—one bolt and a couple of rumbles. We have had only wind and rain since. Funny you mention Kansas as two tornados hit the Oregon Coast this weekend for the first time in over 20 years. They started as water spout over the Pacific Ocean and decided to try their luck on land. Both F1s and they did some damage. They and our wind and water events made the national news (the Pacific Northwest’s 15 minutes of fame compressed into a 30 second segment).


    • It was most appropriate. When this place sinks, Kansas will have ocean side property.


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