whooooooooooooossssh!

A whopper of a windstorm swept through western Washington last night.

Such phenomenon strikes seldom. Trees are felled, power remains out here and there and schools are closed for reasons that confound and perhaps are to be found in the same policies that shut school doors on the threat of snow.

I kid you not. Weather wimps unite in western Washington!

The gusts stripped mighty trees in the park a stone’s throw away of the final vestiges of autumn:



Pools of crunch sprung, shaped by modern conveniences:

and the unseen currents of the wind:


Walkways were buried:


My neighbor’s tomato plants were history anyhow:

Footsteps from my abode is this design, as if Mother Nature costumed as a kindergarten teacher had announced: “Now, all children move to the left side of the room, please:”

And outside my window is deposited the amusing reminder of my hood and its sundry shenanigans:

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8 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. ladywise
    Nov 16, 2010 @ 13:15:06

    Nice post Ally. I can’t imagine toughing it out in the weather you guys have up there and this is just the beginning of the bad stuff isn’t it?

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  2. countrybydesign
    Nov 16, 2010 @ 19:33:02

    Hadn’t heard about your stormy weather. Don’t watch the weather channel like I used to. Hope everyone has power again, and most of the damage is cleaned up. I, too, marvel at the way Mother Nature distributes leaves into patterns all her own. Just when I think that my flower bed is all covered with leaves and won’t need mulch, all of the leaves blow away. Great pictures of the whimsy.

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    • allycatadventures
      Nov 17, 2010 @ 12:49:10

      @CbD – “Just when I think that my flower bed is all covered with leaves and won’t need mulch, all of the leaves blow away.” – lol. The landlords are pretty good at keeping the grounds clean so there goes the mulch for my neighbor’s tomato plants next year! 😀

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  3. Invictus
    Nov 17, 2010 @ 06:40:59

    Same problem over here, except the wind was unusually strong, even by local standards. Gusts of 85 MPH, which is damn strange. All the local schools were closed yesterday, and the highway north of town was partially closed due to fallen trees; some streets in town were closed as well. My daughter’s school is still closed due to power outage, though all the other ones are open. Pretty cool to watch, even though our power was out for about 7 hours. I do like a good storm.

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    • allycatadventures
      Nov 17, 2010 @ 12:51:47

      @B – This last one served to remind winds are rare here and got me missin’ the gales of Utah and Missouri. Got pretty good memories of Utah’s, sometimes from the porch of el padre’s house on the bluff, listening to whooshes pushing through the valley and bouncing off cliffs, watching desert debris and sands of red rock madly sailing and wondering whether the next burst might make a Mary Poppins outta you. Yeah, I do like a good storm too.

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