We had some gusty winds like that the other day. I could swear I was being swept away to the Land of Oz. Chain yourself down to something that will hold during the winds. If you do fly by, I will most certainly wave.
Too funny! Every time there is ever a weather incident approaching somewhere and the Weather Channel is doing coverage, they interview dozens of people, asking them how they are preparing, etc. The people ALWAYS respond by saying they are going to "hunker down" and "ride it out." They always seem to survive and thrive by doing so.
Soooo my advice to you, hunker down and ride it out! Good luck!
I call you and Our main east west corridor is shut down to trucks with 70+ gusts. We have an orderly 7 mile parking lot and goods rotting in trucks and our fire danger is at extreme --- and of course down here So Cal way we are waiting for firestorms and earthquakes.
In front of my sliding doors, I have this 1 ft by 6 ft layer of little blue and white rocks on my front porch. The rocks are the size of what you normally see covering the bottom of fish tanks. Unfortunately, a whole bunch of twigs, dirt, and other stuff are mixed in with them. What would really be neat is if the wind blows away all the twigs and dirt and stuff, but leaves all the little blue and white rocks.
We have 20-30 MPH winds with 40-50 gusts and ornado watches all summer, every summer - I am still here. Phew, I thank God. We also have severe T-storms and cloud-to-ground lightning with the storms all of the storms.
You can have our river instead, its now nearly up to Sainsburys, sailing past the Church at a 100 miles an hour and heading towards the charity shop that sells amazing wellington boots! I think we may just need them soon....yep, we have floods! lol!
Now they are warning of 75 mph gusts. These winds are hot off the desert and carry red flag warnings for fire danger = We call them Santa Annas It was 36 degrees at my home this morning just before dawn and it is now 89 degrees. Our humidity is about 26% We have scientific term for this "Global Weirdness".
. And here's our next adventure we can expect this summer...
"The plume rose to five thousand feet; dust blotted out the sun four counties away. Traffic on Highway 5, the state’s main artery, stopped. At a certain point, the anemometers failed; the U.S. Geological Survey estimated wind speeds as high as a hundred and ninety-two miles an hour. Windows on houses were sandblasted to paper thinness."
As for the Death Dust, it looks like L.A. County is getting ready to go into panic mode.
There were not only high fire warnings today; one town had homes burned to the foundations in a few minutes.
The firefighters were there immediately and stopped it from spreading, but a 2 acre fire managed to completely wipe out four homes plus a car lot and some mobile homes. The flames just exploded.
Santa Ana winds are naaaasty.
Thankfully that one got knocked down before it had time to pick up any momentum, but we really, really, REALLY do not want any sparks or tossed cigarettes or bulldozers striking rocks right now. This is the kind of weather that could zorch one of the canyon communities very, very quickly. (See this first-hand photo-essay of the Laguna fire for a typical example -- no, that's not mine; I moved to the land of fire and earthquakes 3 years later.)
(I gather that PS and I must live within 100 miles of each other.)
Santa Anas aren't offshore winds; they're what happens when the Mojave Desert turns on the hairdryer and starts blasting us from the interior.
As someone who moved here from the east coast, I find them surreal. They feel like autumn blustery winds that shake the leaves loose from the trees when the trees are turning colors, but instead of having a taste of winter / snow, they're hot and dry and taste like sage and desert.
Last month, they had a merry time disrupting traffic in my neighborhood with a tumbleweed stampede. I'd never seen tumbleweeds outside the desert before.
LOL , Have a headache today and was thinking the wind was blowing from the land out to the ocean. I have lived all but three years of my mature life in California. I was thinking this was perfect fall weather myself. Tumble weed in California, you might give easterners the idea we still have wilderness here. My grandma came to California for the first time in 1963. She really had thought CA was rather wild until then. She loved Disneyland.
Well, sports fans. If there were any windstorms last night, I sure didn't hear 'em. Looked outside, place seemed intact. Also missed out on Greekgeek's earthquake. Paradigmsearch lives to plague HubPages another day...
I just wanted to let you know that, once again, your forum thread brought a smile to my old and tired face! I am glad you made it, and want to nominate you for the "Hubpages Forum Drama Queen" award. (If they do not have this award, I want to ask HP to come up with it!)