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18 October 2016 @ 04:42 pm
Fading winds...  
Looks like my family in Portland and Eugene made it through the weekend's major storm without any serious damage. I hope you peeps living in the Northwest fared similarly well. Yikes.

Way back in the last century, I was due to be born on the first anniversary of the Columbus Day Storm. That didn't actually happen (and I was taken out via Caesarean a week later), but I heard about that storm a LOT while growing up. There were horrific winds that knocked down trees and fences and shattered windows. For years afterward, my parents made us sleep in the middle of the house when a major storm came through. It was a long time before their paranoia dropped off.

I used to think that "the Columbus Day Storm" was my mother's personal label for that memorable event, but I Googled it a few years ago and found an entire Wikipedia article on it. That storm was basically an inland hurricane that caused damage from Northern California to British Columbia, with the bulk of the destruction in Oregon. Collapsed buildings, flattened forests, and power outages that lasted weeks. There was a gust measured at 127mph in the Willamette Valley. Holy cow!

This past weekend's storm didn't even come close, thank goodness-- and the 130mph winds predicted for parts of the coast never happened. But it got me thinking back to that particular specter of my childhood, the storm that became legend.

And for those of you who live in places other than Northern California, Oregon, and I assume Washington, we have other traditional local precautions you may not be familiar with. They start with "Never turn your back on the ocean."

And we mean it. :O

Celtic_Forestceltic_forest on October 19th, 2016 03:08 am (UTC)
I hope your birthday is more fun than a typhoon. Seems doable, right?
:D Happy Birthday!
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on October 19th, 2016 05:57 am (UTC)
It would be hard not to hit that mark!

I actually wound up checking for the difference between hurricane, typhoon, and cyclone, and it turns out that they're regional terms for the same thing. Except that while "typhoon" is supposed to be for the Pacific, they rarely happen on the mainland so... bhrrrr? "Hurricane" works better for me.

Hope things are safe and sound for you in Colorado these days!
swirlsofblueswirlsofblue on October 19th, 2016 04:57 pm (UTC)
*Hugs* glad you're all okay
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on October 19th, 2016 10:43 pm (UTC)
Thank you! I have two sisters in Portland, and my mother's in Eugene, so I'm glad they're all safe and sound. :)
Trigger Warning: Lifematchboximpala on November 1st, 2016 06:38 am (UTC)
Seattle apparently dodged the bullet, according to my family. Here's what a Seattle friend posted on her FB page:
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on November 1st, 2016 06:43 am (UTC)

Better the plastic lawn furniture than a house!