Early this morning we had a windstorm roll through the neighborhood. It was a little gusty still as I headed out this morning. However, I didn’t even notice until I opened the door.
We had a few things blow over, but the 60km/h winds didn’t shake us up like they had in the past. In our previous home we would have been awake all night listening to the trees sway and crack. Not to mention the fear of the damage that would be inflicted on our house and yard.
Trees falling and power out for days on end are a thing of the past. Windy days in our old house are now someone else’s concerns. My wife and I slept peacefully and our home didn’t make a peep. Such a nice change of pace compared to the last 15 years.
The recent wind storms affected my life in many ways. It made my yard and roof a colossal mess and the rain was preventing us from cleaning it up. Today I got a break, and quickly cleaned the roof and driveway. Bonus: I also got the outdoor Christmas lights up while on the roof.
The strong wind made my commute rather different from previous years. My new vehicle is lower to the ground than my old one. I used to drive a Honda Element and I would feel every gust. That car was a box on wheels. I would grip the steering wheel for dear life! Now my Nissan Rogue is aerodynamic and one of the smoothest rides I’ve driven in years. I hardly notice the wind now. One handed driving all the way home.
But the wind affected my work most of all. The strong winds near the coastline shut down one of our customers for safety reasons. This in turn caused delays for outbound and inbound trains. Our crews were pretty much on “stand-by” waiting to get back to work. This lasted for nearly 24 hours. Now we’re back on track. (Railroad humor).
Now that the wind has diminished, I am looking forward to the winter season taking over. I like a brisk chill in the air. Maybe some snow will fall for Christmas around Vancouver instead of rain.
My wife on the other hand is happy to not have snow around:
We just had the most beautiful weather this past weekend. Even though the sun is still out, there’s something in the air tonight. A wind storm. Full-on fast scary winds.
I love it.
It’s some of the most fun being out in the wind. The smell of fresh flowers and trees in my neighborhood flow through the air. As we ate dinner on our deck, you could hear the tree deck creaking as it swayed back and forth.
We’ve only ever lost a few large branches and an occasional birch tree in these storms. Maybe a power failure or two, but never enough that I need to own a generator. One day we may own one- I like my gadgets and toys working!
Tonight’s high winds are another reminder of how amazing nature is. The fact that it can still be stunningly beautiful but fiercely dangerous. At my work we had to warn the switchmen of the possibility of empty rail cars being blown down the tracks. They can roll silently and you wouldn’t hear them behind you. A rare occurrence, but entirely possible.
Side note: Storm is my favorite character from X-Men. That’s how I’m ending today’s blog. I think teenage me would agree. She’s pretty sexy in black with stark white hair. Not to mention the lightning and ability to control the weather and fly! She could save me any day.
But I digress. Old man Joe isn’t in need of saving. The only thing I save is my blog posts.