Friday, May 19, 2017
As all of you have been experiencing this has been a strange year as far as the weather is concerned. In the winter we had balmy days right before getting 10 inches of snow. In the fall we had unbelievably hot weather right before temperatures would fall below freezing. This spring began early but there were cold days often accompanied by snow.
Here in the plains states there has been a lot of precipitation. Most of it has been rain. There has been a lot of wind. Tornadoes have become common.
Right here where I live I feel somewhat protected from some of the severe weather. Tornadoes have hit within a few miles but I am nestled against a hill. It is not likely that a tornado will touch down here.
I live less than a mile from a big river. It has been known to flood and completely engulf the fields just across the highway from me. That is a distance of about 3 blocks. However the fields across the highway are several feet lower than the little town I live in. It is not likely to flood here.
I think the biggest problem we have other than the occasional hail storm is the wind. Because of the hill the wind seems to blow almost directly from the north to the south. It can be pretty fierce sometimes.
There are a lot of older trees around us. Even a moderate wind will blow small branches all over the place. We are constantly picking up twigs and small branches from all over the yard.
Then there are the big branches that break off and fall. Last year the neighbor's tree lost a huge branch. The base fell right next to the trunk of the tree. The branch itself filled both our yards. It missed our house by less than 2 inches.
One of our trees lost a big branch a few years ago. It was in the middle of a bitterly cold winter. The branch was on the roof and hanging off the edge with the base of the branch resting on the ground. It was too large for us to move without causing some serious damage to the house.
I called a tree service. They made an emergency call for us. They told me that it was a good thing I called. It was a big branch.
While they were there I asked what they would charge to trim the tree over the house. It was a reasonable fee so they did it while they were here.
It was so cold that day. Of course the wind was still blowing a bit making it colder for those poor men. But they were troopers. It took them about 3 hours. I stayed inside where it was warm.
We still have to clean up the small branches that blow from the trees including that one.
Then last night just as I was almost asleep I heard a bang and a tinkling of glass near me. The whole place shook.
I jumped out of bed to make sure my sons were safe. They were coming to see if I was okay.
A quick look outside revealed that a branch had fallen from another tree. It landed on the house right above my bed. It was not nearly as large as the other one had been thank goodness.
My son got up early and got out the ladder. He was able to pull it off the house before I even woke up.
I also realized the tinkling sound of glass was actually from a small wind chime that hangs from the ceiling in my room. No broken windows.
So far we have been really fortunate that there has been no damage to the roof. Knock wood!
I suppose now I will have to have the other tree trimmed too. It never ends.