Nothing expresses an emergency like weather… I do mean that. Severe rain, thunder, lightening, wind with a possibility of a tornado, plus freezing temperatures… speaks to the soul like nothing else. Okay, well maybe a forest fire or hurricane can speak to us as well.
Want to tap into your basic instinct of survival??? Weather is it! I am not being extreme here… it is the very basis of reality. In our neck-of-the-woods weather is an extreme reality. Rain, moisture, wet, wind, cold… hypothermia… It is a reality for us, for our livestock, for our crops and for our garden. All spell “SURVIVAL” or “DISASTER” depending on your prospective and level of preparedness.
I used to think that water – particularly the ocean – has a way of reducing us to our basic instinct. While I do not underestimate the sheer power of the ocean, I found that there is something else which reduces us even quicker. Extreme Weather…. As branches hit our home with brute force…. As our electricity goes out… Weather becomes a true reality, despite the shelter of our home and barn.
Do we understand what weather can do now-a-days, with all of the high-tech weather predicting equipment and teams of weathermen at our disposal? The answer is NO! A big-fat No! Haha haha! I had to dig deep for the articles on weather. Trying to remember a 6th grade Meteorology class while downing vitamin D pills results in lots of research by this writer… Haha haha haha!
Lots and Lots and Lots and Lots of Rain… Hail… Branches, no, LOGS hitting our home… High winds…. Blizzards…. Floods… Freezing Temperatures… or Scorching Temperatures for that matter.
The weather can, and will, drive you crazy here in the Northwest. It is due to the lack of Sunshine and Vitamin D… No sunshine = bad news. It has rained, literally, 24 hours a day for 87 days. Not a light drizzle, a constant downpour of rain.
FORGET THIS! My next post is on predicting weather…
It just makes us feel like we are more in control.