A transplanted Southern Californian living in North Dakota, with some insights on life with deaf dogs, a gluten free spouse, and the occasional mischievous garden gnome. Thank you for visiting and I hope you enjoy.



Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Record Rain, Big Winds, Tornado Warning

It was a hot and steamy day yesterday.  A cold front was forecast to drop through the area in the late afternoon and evening triggering strong storms, and that forecast was spot on.  We got 69 mile per hour wind gusts, 2.71 inches of rain, two plus hours of thunder/lightening/torrential downpours, and a tornado warning. 

A tornado warning was issued at about 8:30pm and the warning sirens in town went off.  We hunkered down in the basement and listened to the hand cranked weather radio.  Funnel cloud(s) had been spotted west of town, so call me a weather-wuss, but I was happy to hang out in the basement for 45 minutes or so until the warning passed.  The dogs?  Those deaf pups slept right through the whole thing.

There are a bunch of small branches and twigs strewn all about, but two much larger branches are hanging down in the backyard. I'm going to have to break out my telescoping tree pruner (one of those tools that you don't use very often, but are damn glad to have it when you do need it) and clean those up this afternoon. 

The only real casualty was an apple tree that got blown over.  It got bent over to the ground at its base and when I righted it, I could hear some roots snapping.  I set it upright, stomped the dirt back down and gave it some support stakes.  I'll go out this afternoon and give it some more detailed attention. Hopefully it can make it back from the brink...apple trees are remarkably resilient. 

From the National Weather Service:

RECORD EVENT REPORT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE EASTERN NORTH DAKOTA/GRAND FORKS
143 AM CDT JULY 22 2014

...RECORD DAILY MAXIMUM RAINFALL SET AT GRAND FORKS UNIVERSITY
(NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE)...

 A RECORD RAINFALL OF 2.71 INCHES WAS SET AT GRAND FORKS UNIVERSITY
(NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE) YESTERDAY. THIS BREAKS THE OLD RECORD OF
2.03 SET IN 1966.
 
 


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