October Storm 2016

For the past several days, the Pacific Northwest has been visited by a series of storms.  On Saturday, the biggest one came thundering through.

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This tree in our little park succumbed to the hurricane-force winds today. I was very sad to see this as it feels like a friend we often pass on our daily walks.

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Little creeks that had almost run dry during the summer are suddenly fast-flowing miniature rivers.

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It can be hard to keep airplanes from flying when you don’t want them to! This particular plane already had suffered some damage a while back when it flipped after clipping a fence on takeoff. Ever since, it had been tied down. Until today.

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The answer to a question that had been on my mind: What do the seagulls do during such a storm? They huddle together on the runway! Unlike the little plane, they can fold up their wings and turn their streamlined bodies into the wind.

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High winds bring big waves. This storm was actually a remnant from a typhoon called Songda that peaked near Japan 4 days ago. That is roughly 5000 miles or 8000 km from here.

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The roar of the ocean is noticeably louder than usual. The surf is very dangerous and includes rolling logs, so our beach walks are on hold for the moment.

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The moisture hangs like thick drapes around every hill.

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I think summer is over and winter has begun!

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And yet, even on a day like this there can also be a glorious sunset by the sea!

No picture can quite convey the violent forces in motion like a video can, so here is a 2-minute video of my storm coverage:

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