Saturday, April 30, 2011

52 Weeks of Personal Genealogy & History Weather

 During this time in our world I am sure we can all reflect on some major calamity that we have endured and survived.  This topic is probably a traumatic one for many and they are not even able to consider putting their thoughts on paper. That activity though would help them to work through the stress and calamity.

 Being born in Wyoming, we had horrific lightening storms, which ironically I still miss today. When we do get a lightening storm here we have major fires and people lose homes and lives.

 Being that I was raised in northern California for most of my early years after Wyoming we dealt with much the same weather as Wyoming. It was after our move to the county next door about 30 miles north of where we started in California that we had such different weather.

 We learned when you popped up over Wiggins Hill that was the breaking line for the weather. It was either foggy or clear depending on the day and the side. It could be hot or cold from one side of hill to the other.

 I have since then learned after living her more than 40 years that we have a weather breaking hill near us again.  When we took the children to Junior High less than a mile away but over the hill, we could have hot sun here and over the hill at the Jr. Hi the weather was so socked in with fog you could not hardly see.
 It rains not always on the same side of this hill. I bet there are weather breaks all over the world if people paid attention.  Our children learned to carry a jacket because on the other side of hill you may have wished for a coat.

When I was in high school we had a tornado come through our place.  Very rare for them in our community in Sonoma County. It flitted across our place scattering things badly, but it tore across the valley and down the road to a class mates home. It had just been built to replace the 100 year old home.
 She crawled into the tub in the bathroom with her sibling. That bathroom was about all that was left of that brand new home. The chicken houses and chickens and cows and animals were scattered about 30 miles away on the other side of Petaluma. We lost much but the storm was just building when it whizzed over head. Ever try to walk in 70 mph winds you don't, if lucky you crawl.

 We also have a creek that is near our home and when the sand bar blocks the creek from draining in the fall when the rains start we have flooded more than once. One of the worst was when it actually picked up the house and moved it partially off the rocky foundation and the house had to be completely reset.'
Needless to say all items not above the water line at full flood are gone, washed away. Water has a very great force behind it. When they say 6 " can knock you off your feet they are not fibbing.

Living in Hawaii we had to evacuate for a Tsunami, the water came to the door floor level but we did not sustain property loss.  A real mess to clean up but very fortunate, no massive damage.

Also living in Hawaii when the Volcano's blow it blocks the sun light and the trees can not breathe and
the plants all whither and the flowers stop. It hurts your skin the ash in the sky. The homes had no
heat so we learned to bake roast or bread in the morning for heat and bbq out side at evening.
We were down in the low 40's at night. The term to use is adapt.

 I see these horrid floods and storms now and all I can do is pray for all that are affected which is also
people that do not live there but are related to people who do. The agony of not knowing what shape they are in and the situation is enough to cause some people heart attacks.

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