Monday, August 29, 2011

5 1/2 Things I like about Hurricanes - Wussicane Irene

Bass River Hurricane Bob '91
Well, we survived Hurricane err... Tropical Storm Irene. She was sort of a wuss compared to her grandparents Bob '91 (Cape Cod, MA) and Gloria '85 (CT) both of whom I lived through - but you already knew that..

I have lived in New England all my life; almost all of it on the coast. We have some pretty severe weather from time-to-time. I survived a tornado or two in Connecticut. We have Nor' Easters that pound the coastline and drop huge amounts of rain and/or snow - one nearly wiped out the Bush family home in Maine during the Nor' Easter of October 1991 with hurricane force winds and 39 foot waves.

I survived the Blizzard of '78 where we had snow drifts that completely covered every car in the driveway and rose 6 or more feet above the ridge on the roof on the house! Sometimes winter storms don't get much credit, but we had 42" of snow in 32 hours back a few years ago. Massachusetts/Rhode Island had torrential rains that flooded malls and washed out all sorts of bridges last year. Hey we even had an earthquake earthquake in Boston a few days ago, and another one last year.

I have to admit, as dangerous as hurricanes are, and even with the damage they can cause, I really like them - and here's why.

-1 WIND, WIND and more WIND! I like to get right outside and experience the high winds. It's an amazing experience as the winds whip around faster then the speed limit on the interstate highway. The best experience is out at the beach... but I wonder where the sea gulls go?

-2 Giant Waves! The day after a hurricane the waves can be taller than a 3 story house. The magnificent surf simply leaves me standing in awe of the raw power of the ocean, and our Creator.

Matthew 8:27 The men were amazed and asked, "What kind of man is this? Even the winds and the waves obey him!"

-3 Power Outage: It's a good reminder of how much we depend on electric current to run our lives. I sort like the eerie quiet and the smell of candles.

-4 Rain: There is nothing more spectacular then to see "horizontal" rain blasting by at over a 100 miles per hour. It has such a distinctive sound.

-5 The Eyewall: One of the most spectacular things about a hurricane is the eye. The sky suddenly changes from the ominous blackness and driving winds, to a beautiful calm with a blue cloudless sky. As it passes overhead the "eyewall" is like looking up from the bottom of a giant empty milk glass - the wall of clouds extending into the heavens.

-5 1/2 Pop-Tarts (the largest selling item at Wal*Mart before any major storm.) ...

Here is brief clip from my front porch.


photogr said...


I have to agree with you about hurricanes. I think they have some sort of barometric or millibar static that entices one to do foolish things during a hurricane like surfing the high waves.

Never been in a nor easterner but plenty of huricanes in Florida over the last few decades. Sure miss them though.

Only being in one can you understand the majestic power they possess and look on in awe. However the smartest place to observe one up close is inland and away from the coast lines or rivers.

As we used to say back home "only the snow birds are crazy enough ride one out at the beach".

Charlie's Church of Christ said...

pop tarts are disgusting!

glad to hear it didn't swallow you up, but it sounds like you wished it had a little more kahunnas. Media hyped up this one big time.

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