The most destructive weather I've ever seen

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The only one to hit the house. Luckily there was no damage.

Two inches of snow is no big deal.  Two inches of rain is usually very welcome for my herb and veggie gardens.  If I never, EVER see two inches of ice ever again in my life, I’ll be a happy camper.

 

The evening started out as a hard drizzle turning into a freezing rain.  I graded papers and watched the weather warnings.  We put our vehicles into the barn, didn’t think much more about it, and went to bed.  Less than a half an hour later is when we started hearing SNAP!  The ice had built up and frozen on, well, basically everything.  The ice was becoming too heavy for the tree branches and they were snapping clean off.  At first, it was just little ones, but then, entire chunks of trees were coming down.

All these are from one tree.
  This was a concern because we have 5 major shade trees near our house that could easily hit our home.

 

Around midnight, the factory transformer (not like Decepticon / Autobot…) next to our house blew.  It woke us out of a dead sleep.  We thought for sure that the large tree next to our house had crushed our kitchen.  Dan and I scrambled for coats and shoes and rushed downstairs to see the damage.  I’ll never forget right before going downstairs we grabbed hands and looked into each others eyes thinking that our first house was destroyed (it’s my family farm house of 170 years and we had been in it less than 6 months – newlyweds.)  We found our ceilings intact and went outside with flashlights to assess what had fallen on the roof.  While looking up, we heard SNAPPO, Dan shouted “RUN” and seconds behind us, a large portion of our tree fell at our feet.  We went inside.

Looking up into the tree. Notice the layer of ice.

 

Dan slept through the night while I could not.  I watched as branch after branch of our trees came crashing down.  Some with such force that they drove many inches into the ground.  We are also caretakers of a park area across the road which has hundreds of trees.  Some of them fell over under the weight.

 

God really smiled on us that night.  We had no damage to the house and minimal damage to our land.  However, it took us over a year to get cleaned up.  The branches couldn’t be moved until thaw, so our front yard was a MESS for a long time.  We were one of the only houses in town that never lost electricity.  We had friends and family over who didn’t have power to share our appliances and provide warmth.  We also served as a Red Cross back-up station if needed.  Some families and homes were without power for a week.

 

It was unique and an odd experience.  I never care to see that much ice at once again.

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The only one to hit the house. Luc…
The only one to hit the house. Lu…
All these are from one tree.
All these are from one tree.
Looking up into the tree. Notice t…
Looking up into the tree. Notice …
Our front yard is usually neat and…
Our front yard is usually neat an…
Dan shows us the ice buildup aroun…
Dan shows us the ice buildup arou…
Branches fell into a heap; frozen …
Branches fell into a heap; frozen…
The trees dont usually hang down …
The trees don't usually hang down…
What a mess, all this from ice.
What a mess, all this from ice.
Notice the large branch leaning up…
Notice the large branch leaning u…
I didnt set this picture up. This…
I didn't set this picture up. Thi…
These were SO LOUD when they crack…
These were SO LOUD when they crac…
The mess to the side of the house.
The mess to the side of the house.
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