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Tonight the wind is ripping here (northern California in the mountains)- I just heard something thumping across the yard but I certainly am not going out to look for it. Hopefully it will be there in the morning.

I don't know if the rest of you feel like this but storms have always made me feel excited and alert. Invigorated in fact.

One nice thing about living on the Pacific coast (or any coast I would think,) is that little actually sneaks up on you now that radar and satellites are watching. I spent today preparing for what usually happens here- the power goes out- as the news has said that a "big storm was coming" with an expected rainfall (or snow) of 5-8 inches. I dug out the lanterns and hauled extra wood onto the porch, refreshed the ditches that divert water away from the animal sheds and delivered the last of my holiday stuff to the post office.

So if the power goes, I'll be warm and have lights. Surprisingly, a loss of power, if not too long, is really pleasant. It is so quiet without all those electric appliance noises that I usually ignore.

Hopefully I will be checking on what you all are doing tomorrow. Presuming all the trees stay upright......

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Storms affect me that way too, especially snow storms. I feel like a cat must - all my hair standing on end and filled with a wild glee. I like any sort of snow storm (but not sleet or freezing rain!), any kind from lovely fat flakes drifting one by one past the window to the horizontal, high wind, white-out blizzards when the snow falls heavily for hours on end. But my absolute favorite type of snow storm is when booming thunder wakes us up in the middle of the night, then every outside noise disappears and in the morning we wake to the brilliant white light of the sun on the snow. Thunder in winter for me is knowing I'm going to get a present from mother nature.


Enjoy, I hope your trees are upright and all is well with you!

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Hi Enjoytheride.


Ooh, it sounds really exciting in your storms; I'm not afraid of thunder and lightening but I think we probably don't get the severity of the storms in the UK that you experience.


I don't know how your animals react to the bad weather; when we had the horses the silly things would stand out in the paddock in the pouring rain getting themselves and their rugs throughly soaked, even though they had the option of going into their warm dry stables if they so desired. :blink:


I know what you mean, Jeannie; we've had more snow today and very briefly had the sun shining on the crisp new snow. I live in a rural area and it did look very pretty glistening in our lane.


Enjoy, I also hope your trees are still standing and your animals are faring well! :)

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We had our first snowfall of the season Thursday afternoon, just a light dusting but it was very cold and it froze on the roads making everything very slippery and slowing traffic to a crawl. More snow is expected tomorrow, but they don't know how much. My feeling is, if it's going to be cold, it might as well be white and pretty. I've been reading about how cold it is in the UK, so all of you there, stay nice and warm inside!



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Well- last night's storm was more like a politician's speech- lots of wind and very little substance. It hardly rained at all and the power actually stayed on.

This morning I did discover the top ten feet or so of one of the redwood trees blew down. I discovered it when I turned out the horses and they panicked at the sight of this giant tree thing that just showed up in their paddock. Although it was heavy, I did drag it into the goats' field and they are enjoying the snack.

Yes Joelf - horses do make you wonder. I actually have one girl who runs for shelter in rain while the other stands outside in most everything. Waterproof turnout rugs are really a blessing.


If I don't have to travel, storms are enjoyable. I'm not that fond of thunder storms though - the noise tests my equalibrium. And I luckily no longer live where there are tornados - there is plenty of excitement in those but too scary for me.


I hope everyone is doing well with the weather in their own corner of the world.

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