A major (for here) thunderstorm just passed directly
overhead about 45 minutes ago. Fierce winds, a LOT of
rain,some hail, thunder and lightning about a half second
apart. I battened everything down, no damage here, check in
Beverly, in the usually mild NW U.S.A
No fear, this one was moving fast from southeast to
northwest. They were talking on the TV stations about
possible tornado sightings! The weather maps were really
ugly, huge orange-yellow cells moving NE, right over the top
of me and mine. We are all ok, no damage no injuries. The
temperature dropped over 20 degrees in about 10 minutes.
My DSisterIL (in Damascus) lost internet, phone and power
for a while, but everything is back to normal now. My
DSonIL was driving from his work location (Sherwood) to home
(NE Portland) at the height of the storm, he arrived safely
as well. Younger DD and her DH were in a movie theater, and
came out to drenching rain and wind (no jackets of course it
was well over 80 degrees earlier today), so they had to dash
across the parking lot and got soaked, some limbs were blown
down at their home but nothing major.
It was really intense while it lasted.
That's a lot of violence. Nature on a rampage. Glad you were spared
the worst. We don't get tornadoes here (knock wood) and they scare me
worse than anything. I can take hurricanes, blizzards, even earthquakes
(so far, anyway), but tornadoes are skeery.
Tornados are so rare here no one knows what to do. One just
north of here about 50 years ago pretty much destroyed a
shopping mall, but that's the most recent that I remember.
There were a few funnel clouds sighted during today's storm,
but the weather bureau has not yet determined that they were
Yeah, I'll take a good old fashioned flood or earthquake any
Beverly, very happy it has cooled off.
"BEI Design" wrote...
Wow, glad to hear you are all right. I remember too well the storm here in
early 2007, 'Kyrill', you can still see the gaps in the wooded outlines of
the surrounding hills. Tornadoes would freak me out, I wouldn't want to live
in such an area. So unpredictable; I agree, I'd prefer floods and
earthquakes any time, too. ;-> But seriously: I mean, yes, they are telling
us all over the place about the climate change, but it's scary to see it
Scary! made me think of thunderstorms in Malta when I was a child...
Sounded like the giants upstairs were throwing the piano out the window,
followed by the wardrobe and a crate of old china at times.
Will you PLEASE try to keep them in their proper place from
now on? ;-)
Me too. Nothing could convince me to live where storms like
this one are a regular occurrence.
Today it's a very comfortable 62 degrees and raining. Now
THAT'S more like it!
There are lots of pictures and stories about people ice skating on the
small lakes (ponds?) around here in winter years ago, but in the 40
years I've lived here, they've never frozen solid enough for that.
I have seen pictures from the early 20th century of the
Willamette River, which runs through Portland, frozen so
solid that cars were able to cross from one bank to the
other. Thankfully, nothing like that in the 70 years I've
The Missoula Flood covered the are where Portland, Oregon is
now with 200+ feet of water...150 centuries ago.
think that the West Linn Meteorite was floated to it's location south of Portland on an ice floe during one of those floods.
Poor little guy. He's so teeny, you would have to cut a benadryl in half to
make him "special cheese." Charles takes 2. (every 25 lbs of dog = one
benadryl according to our vet.) Charlie never really used to pay attention
to storms. He didn't like the wind blowing hard enough to make the window
screens whistle. But other than that, storms never bothered him till we
moved here. They are just that more potent here.
I will do my best to try and keep the storms where they belong. lol I'm
working on that "camelot type rain" thing too. I'd like a nice gentle rain
every evening after 8:00. ;) When I get that squared away I'll see what
else I can do...
For the fairly rare storm here, mine is content if he's in
my lap, I haven't actually had to medicate him. I hate to
think what he does if a big storm comes up when I'm away.
Thanks very much, I really appreciate it. ;-)
I haven't been ignoring you, but I took delivery of a new
computer Saturday (first major upgrade since 2000), and I'm
busily setting it up and getting the old one ready to copy
all apps to the new one. It's a little like a major spring
cleaning...do I really NEED this app? Or that file? Or
that bunch of pictures?..... The new harddrive is plenty
big enough to take everything, but sheesh, I tend to let
things accumulate. I'm going to turn the old one into the
embroidery design computer, and take the laptop into the
living room. I'll be connected 24/7. ;-}