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Stormy weather

I’m working on one of those blogosaurus posts that takes its own time lumbering into existence. Patience.

Meanwhile, in a winter (yes, it’s still winter; I don’t care what the calendar says) of pure crap, we’re now hunkered down under high wind warnings, expecting an unprecedented storm. Or at least expected the strongest April storm in half a century. Possibly the strongest storm of the season.

Usually by this time of the year the worst is over and all we face is three more months of boringly chilly drizzle before summer meanders in long about mid-July.

Early this season a lot of scary storm warnings came to nothing, embarrassing the heck out of weatherpersons. But this storm is already hammering the coast to the south, and it’s the real deal. Because the ground is saturated and trees already leafing out, everybody’s a bit on edge about possible mudslides, downed trees, power outages, and general danger.

I’ll use the opportunity to stay indoors, think, and write. Don’t worry if I’m quiet for a while.

Good luck to my fellow Pacific Northwesterners. And holy swearing cuss, may this wretched winter finally be done with!


  1. Pat
    Pat April 7, 2017 8:22 am

    We got ours yesterday — wild winds and rain, a thunderstorm, and tornado watch (which never happened). It came from the west, so must have turned tail and headed back your way. I think it drowned my recently-planted seeds.

    Have some tea laced with… something, and keep your computer charged.

  2. Comrade X
    Comrade X April 7, 2017 8:41 am

    65mph winds called for here and I thought we were in the clear and watching the tulips bloom was upon us.

  3. StevefromMA
    StevefromMA April 7, 2017 8:48 am

    Hey Claire,

    This is WOT and probably weird sounding but I wanted to tell you how much I admire your activism. I just found this blog a few months ago but was thinking back and re read some stuff. I’m afraid I’m just another web yakker at this point, largely Ferfal’s gray man, but you’ve really put it out there over the years. Kudos for fighting the good fight for freedom.

  4. Claire
    Claire April 7, 2017 8:49 am

    Yep, Comrade. We’re supposed to be grateful that this cold winter has retarded the leafing of the trees by nearly a month, making them less likely to fall. But if this storm is all it’s predicted to be, there go a lot of those early flowers and cold-weather crops that people planted.

    Pat, I’m sorry the weather gods hit you and your seedlings, also. I don’t think we here in the PNW can take the blame for your storm, but I’m sure you have our sympathies.

  5. Claire
    Claire April 7, 2017 9:02 am

    Steve — That’s the kind of WOT and “weird” for which I can be very grateful. Thank you. These days, I’ve dialed things back a bit; I’m nothing compared with somebody like Kit Perez. But I’m glad if I’ve made an impact. Even more glad it I’ve helped people free themselves.

  6. Coyote Hubbard
    Coyote Hubbard April 7, 2017 9:09 am

    I work a closing shift at work today, so I will be there during the estimated events height. Going to make sure I pack an extra flashlight and supplies in the car besides the usual GO bag that is in there already, put out a little extra food for the fur baby and make sure hes got a full water bowl in case I get delayed coming home. At least hes not anxious about storms.

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