Like a walk through the country side living on a small farm is full of daily surprises, sometimes wonderful and amazing, and other times puzzling and sad. I hope you will walk with me as I live out my dream of living on this tiny farm. You will come to know the dogs, cats, Shetland sheep and chickens that make up this farm and what goes into keeping them happy and healthy. Come and join the journey with me.
Tuesday, September 18, 2012
And She Howled....
The weather people kept saying that there was a cold front coming in Friday and a drastic change in weather. Well, we still need the rain, so the news of a possibility of rain was promising. Friday dawned sunny and hot...noon came and it was still sunny and hot. By mid afternoon it was stifling and no clouds in sight. Then suddenly there it was--a large cloud bank coming up in the west. I had the air on and wasn't that concerned because the weather people hadn't really indicated there was definitely a storm heading in. I did put the dogs collars with i.d. tags on 'just in case'. The cats I waffled on putting theirs on.
Sometime there in the late afternoon it hit. First a huge wind came up and blasted the door open (it wasn't latched) and then the thunder and lightening. I went around unplugging appliances and electronics, still not really concerned.
The storm lasted about five to ten minutes of hail, wind, buckets of rain, lightening and thunder. It was impressive and would have been far scarier if I'd taken a minute to think about it. When I heard there was a possible tornado headed toward a nearby community blankets and pillows, radio and purse were snatched up and put into the 'vault' room (my pantry). However there was really no time that I went in and hunkered down.
I stepped out on my front porch, and opened the breezeway gate and let the dogs out into the yard. Right about then the wind picked up and started howling through the trees in the woods across the road. It was very bizarre, as the wind did not seem to be that strong. At first I thought it was a diesel pickup coming down the road (no not a train...a pickup...), but it just kept coming without ever appearing. A few minutes into this puzzle, there was suddenly three large booming cracks that startled both myself and the dogs. For a brief second I thought it was lightening until I saw a large old oak tree at the edge of neighbor's land slowly topple over and crash to the ground. Just like that.
Somewhere in there the wind had changed directions and was blowing back from the Northeast--this is never a good thing and was quite eerie. By this time the temperature had dropped into the 60s.
Since we got the rain from this storm we have gotten another two inches of rain over this past weekend. A lovely slow, slow soaking rain. The grass is greening and it is finally looking like summer.