In the wee hours of the morning on June 26th, I woke to the sound of thunder and the wind picking up outside. Oscar had been gently pawing at the bedroom door for a couple of minutes before I decided to get up. I figured he and Lollipop were scared, so I got out of … More Beneficial Summer Rain
As I stepped out into the wind this morning, I took off my ear flap cap and let the wind ruffle my short, unkempt hair. Finally and enjoyably, Mother Nature was providing the first well-above freezing temperatures of the week. City workers restored power to our neighborhood last night, and I slept well knowing the … More Ice Storm – A Pioneer Spirit
For days in advance, the weather forecasters had been advising folks to be prepared for volatile weather that was to come our way nearly two weeks ago on a Saturday night. It was unusual to have the threat of strong winds, hail, and tornadoes in October, but here in Oklahoma it did not surprise me, … More A Better Plan for Next Time
When we moved to Ten-Acre Ranch nearly nine years ago, we knew we would eventually have to put in some kind of storm shelter. I was not overly concerned at the time; we had so many upstart expenses and repairs to be made that we just did not feel we could afford such a purchase. … More A Long Overdue Safe Room
As this month went on, we just could not believe the rains kept coming. After four years of drought, our area of Oklahoma had been designated as having “severe” drought status while conditions in the area just west of us were considered to be in the “extreme” drought category. As such, I never heard anyone … More Let It Rain
Yesterday morning, and again this morning, FD and I were awakened by the rumble of thunder and a downpour of rain. For the past two weeks, Oklahoma has seen more than its share of volatile weather. Tornadoes, hail, and flooding have wreaked havoc in most regions of the state. As another bolt of lightning flashed, … More Two Thunderstorms Bring Two Little Miracles!