Hell, west, and crooked

That’s the way everything loose in the yard was blown during the night. Brand-new leaves were just sucked from the tree limbs and a lot of entire limbs came down as well. We found our plastic stacking yard chairs a half block away, and not a half block to the south, either, which is where they’re usually to be found when the winds are fierce; they had gone in a completely different direction. Usually the old saddle blankets draped over them go along for the ride accompanying the chairs, but it took a long time to find the blankets and one may have turned into a magical flying carpet or something and be in another state by now.

One of our neighbors does a lot of yard work for other neighbors and he always likes to talk about the number of lawn-and-leaf sacks he’s filled: “I filled eight sacks at Miz’ So-and-so’s today” or “Guess how many sacks I just filled at Mr. Round-the corner’s.”

Today I finished filling the compost bin, about the size of a cord of wood, and then went on to fill nine sacks and I’m not done yet. Miraculously, or maybe just because it was pinned down with heavy duty staples and well guyed, too, our screen tent did not tear, collapse, or blow away. And how I love that great invention, the spring rake.

The local daily reports that some parts of town experienced higher winds than others. There continue to be sporadic gusts with quite a bit of force, and it’s not a bad idea to keep an eye on the NWS forecast for tonight. I already have earmuff-style OSHA-approved protection to guard my hearing against evil leaf-blowers; now, as the litter only temporarily snagged on high keeps dropping from the trees, I’m considering acquiring my very own hard hat again, because I lost my old one, and I’d hate to get beaned in my own yard.

3 Comments so far

  1. mss (unregistered) on April 14th, 2007 @ 4:05 pm

    We had one small limb down off a cedar elm in front. It had twisted and torn off, not broken off cleanly.

    However, only two miles northwest along Cesar Chavez between Austin High School and the Lamar Street bridge, we just saw many large limbs down and as well as trees completely uprooted…one of them a fairly good-sized tree.

    Big storm. Power out. No rain. How lame is that!

  2. Rantor (unregistered) on April 14th, 2007 @ 4:45 pm

    We did have rain, but I’m not sure when. It must have been well after the three rounds of thunderclaps and lightning that occurred between midnight and one. We saw slighter trees bent horizontal when some of those winds went through and lots of new oak leaves were just really torn from the trees. We’ve seen some palisade-style fences knocked down. If the ground had been saturated with rain, many trees would have just tipped over. Luckily, it’s dried out since the last big rains.

  3. LEW (unregistered) on April 15th, 2007 @ 9:35 pm

    A fairly large tree in our apartment complex was blown over. My gf and I were sitting at home playing Wii and it went from nothing to hurricane instantly. It hit faster than any other storm I have seen. Texas weather huh.

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