Friday, January 21, 2011

winter weather

My friends and family don't have much sympathy for me when I whine about bad weather. And rightly so. It's rare that we have bad weather in our winter destinations for longer than a few weeks all winter. So I decided to stop complaining and instead talk about the exciting parts of the winter weather that we see. When your living space is 300 square feet, it's important to limit the amount of confinement time. We keep pretty close track of the local weather. A couple of weeks ago we got surprised with some severe weather. That flashing yellow or red box on the forecast page causes anxiety for me. About an hour before bedtime, Dick noticed that a large system was heading for us with warnings of severe thunderstorms which could include damaging hail, tornados, wind sheers and up to 5 inches of rain. Great. We woke up at 3am with Emoh being rocked by sustained 55 mile per hour winds. Hail and rain quickly followed with intense lightning and thunder crashing. It took a couple of hours to blow through and we woke up to sunshine and a rain washed campsite. We survived another exciting storm.

The high winds had the surf crashing over the jetty at Port Aransas, Texas. 

This 5 gallon bucket had 2 inches of water in the bottom before the rain. A foot of water in it the next morning. The flash flooding ran right where Emoh's legs were standing. We only sunk a couple of inches.

I've been having fun creating treasuries on Etsy. Here's this week's entry in the "non-team" treasury challenge.

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