Friday, 15 December 2006

The big bad wolf at our house

We had a huge windstorm in the Puget Sound area on December 14. Record high winds in many places. In Renton the peak gust was measured at 51 mph at just after midnight. That may not sound like much but we are WAY inland and don't get wind like that. Our beautiful Ponderosa pinetree did not fare well. We were sound asleep when it split and hit the deck and roof. Amazingly it did not break the roof or any windows. The deck we had worked so hard to build just 2 years previously was really battered but it probably took the brunt of the weight that could easily have crushed the roof. Even more amazing was that the chunk that fell off pretty much engulfed our entire house and this was only about a third of the tree.

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