For those who like to read about disasters, I kind of experienced one in december 07. It wasn't on the scale of rita or some of these tornado outbreaks, but for me it was frightening and hardwired into memory. We were in the house as the winds were beating on the walls and trees were crashing down. Every moment we'd wonder whether the next noise would be a tree coming through the roof. It was like nothing I've ever experienced before. The grace of god, or whatever is involved here, saved us from considerable damage to the house when a section of the redwood narrowly missed us. Another tree did come down and do some damage to the south side, but compared to what might have happened, we feel very fortunate. We were without power and tap water for nearly a week, but it felt longer than that. Many people in the community worked together and good samaritans came out of their hiding places. It brought people together and reminded us how vulnerable we really are.
After that event I have a new measure of understanding about what people must go through after they've lost entire homes, and it's nothing I wish on anyone. Life is often hard enough with its trapdoors, pitfalls and mazes, but losing a home or loved one must make it unbearably more difficult. Storms take the paths they take for some ungodly reason, and we have to be prepared. We also have to be understanding of the sh** life can throw at people. Things happen, sometimes, no matter how much we prepare. With all of this in mind, my heart goes out to everyone who has been through these monsters - many of them more severe than anything I've witnessed. I don't know how some of you got through it, it must have been one big, bad memory. Maybe you're stronger now. Maybe something good came out of it, but I hate to think disaster is a good thing. We should try to keep a positive attitude, however. And I hope it never happens again. There, I said it. We don't want it. Disaster is someting we should see on TV, that's where it belongs. Not here. Still, it's easy to wonder at these beasts of nature that can take from us our livelihood with little or no reason at all. Just cold, hard physics. And forecasters. Maybe we live in a TV show, but this line of thought is over.
Weather around here lately has been cold and wet. It's already June 08 and it looks like it's going to stay this way for the better part of the month. The temps this spring have been on the cool side. I wonder what summer has in store for us. I wonder whether these conditions can tell me anything about the coming winter? What you think? Post a reply when you got something to say.