Tuesday, July 8, 2014
I had to work today for a few hours which required getting up at dawn once again. Last night we had a bruiser of a storm come through but I didn't have much time to survey the damage around the Small-Hold before I had to get going. About the only thing I was worried about was making sure all the sheep were alive and the barn mostly intact.
As I was heading down my little county road into work however I noticed this power line pole. It actually was leaning at an even steeper angle this morning at 5AM. The repair crew had come by at some point before I got home and took this picture and pulled it upright a bit and anchored it with a line.
In town there were trees and downed power lines everywhere.
One valuable lesson was finally drilled into my head this morning though. For now on make sure any old Maple or Box Elder trees are cut far enough back from structures to do no damage. It seems 90% of all large trees I saw down on people's cars, houses or buildings were large hollow Maples.
This is another sign that our weather patterns are still running about 2 to 3 weeks behind normal. Typically these high wind storms came barreling through here about Mid to late June and are starting to become rather calm by July.
My gauge says we got a bit over an inch of rain last night which we needed it so for that I can't complain. This moisture should give the Pumpkin patch a good jolt and I couldn't have timed the Alfalfa cutting better if I had tried.
Of course the doors on the storage shed portion of the barn were almost ripped completely off by the wind. I bet that's gonna cost me a bit of money to fix up now and I get to add another item on my to do list.
I was working on another Sustainer post for tonight. I may still get it posted before midnight but we will see. Just thought I would share our little storm adventure. What kind of winds does it take to push a powerline pole over 45 degrees?
Keep Prepping Everyone!!!