Thursday, May 5, 2016

Windy City

Did you know me and Stanley were in the Windy City last weekend?  No . . . we were NOT in Chicago . . . we had a "wind event" called "down slope winds"!

Since we live by the mountains (technically across the street), we USUALLY get a nice gentle breeze in the evenings.  Our winds otherwise come from the west.  But SOMETIMES, when a low is in the right spot, the winds come over the top of the Rocky Mountains, screaming down the slope and right into us!  There was LOTS and LOTS of damage.  Nothing catastrophic but lots of damage.

Men (and sometimes women) on roofs is a common sight these past few days.  Right after the wind event the mayor organized volunteers to help remove downed trees.  On Sunday over 1700 truck loads were taken to the green waste facility.  You could hear chain saws everywhere!  And of course it caused power outages too.

Now we hear a lot of hammering and the sound of nail guns.  It will be a good year for roofers!

Still running into fallen trees.

Trees in the process of being removed.

The city workers are cleaning up a park from a fallen tree.

This tree crossed the property line.

Lots of missing shingles were flying through the air like frisbees!

Not nearly as many pine trees as there used to be!

Another one bites the dust!

There was damage on the sides out of view too.

Some houses lost siding.

This used to be a giant willow tree that was overgrown onto the sidewalk.  Every time we walked up our street it was a nuisance to walk under its low hanging branches.  That is no longer a problem.

I hope they don't wait for this to fall down!

This is our neighbor on the south side.  They have damages on both sides of the roof.

The neighbor on the north side has a few bad patches,  The photo didn't really catch it all.

You may or may not remember that the day me and Stanley came to live furever with mom and dad there was a lot of noise because a new roof was being put on our house that very day (cuz of another downslope windstorm).  That was 4 years ago March!  And we are happy to report that our roofer did a great job - no damage!

Murphy & Stanley


Julie said...

Gosh that is lots of damage!
Glad to hear you are all okay though, stay safe in YOUR 'windy city'
Loves and licky kisses
Princess Leah xxx

Yamini MacLean said...

Hari OM
Deary me the weather really can be capricious, eh? It's just madness everywhere. Thank goodness your own roof held good... hugs and wags, YAM-aunty xxx

Unknown said...

Wow! I have never heard of a downslope wind event but boy can it do some damage. So glad your roofers were top notch and that your house is A-OK!

Two French Bulldogs said...

Wind could be so scary and dangerous as you have shown us. Yikes
Lily & Edward

Matilda the Boxer said...

Yowza, it's skeery when there are all those downed trees! I'm glad no one was hurt.

Robin + Christmas said...

Good thing everyone's ok!

C.L.W.STEP said...

We hope no one got hurt during those high winds. Good luck with the clean-up!

Sully said...

Glad y'alls house didn't get damaged but dogs that wind really did a number on your hood.

Aroo to you,

My Mind's Eye said...

Good grief...we had no idea that kinda wind blew in your area. Those are East Coast Hurricane force winds for sure. The views of the mountains are so pretty.
Hugs madi your bfff

Golden Woofs! SUGAR said...

That happened to us in Chitown known as the Windy City :-) I talked about it on our blog today its called a microburst. Glad to hear no damage on your property. Golden Woofs SUGAR

stellaroselong said...

WE didn't know that you get those kinds of winds, wow, lots of damage, we are glad you all were safe and sound though. At first we thought you were in Chicago and that is only 5 hours from us!! We get winds here called straight line winds and they tear things up really bad also, of course our scenery is not as beautiful as yours. Well it is just in a different way.
stella rose

Hailey and Zaphod and their Lady said...

The damage is crazy. We hope no one was hurt.

Murphy said...

No, not the same cuz this lasted over a day!

Murphy said...

No, not the same cuz this lasted over a day!

Noodles said...

Hi Murphy and Stanley
I like wind but too much and I get scared.
Love Noodles

Mary Ann said...

Your house was blessed... we are so glad no one was killed!

The Adventures of the LLB Gang said...

How crazy!!! We are sorry for those who had roof issues...but we are happy no one was hurt!
Dory, Jakey, Arty & Bilbo

Idaho PugRanch said...

We saw some of this on the news. Glad you had no damage but sorry for those that did.
Mr Bailey, Hazel & Mabel

The Army of Four said...

Wow, that's some terribly crazy bad wind!

NanaNor's said...

WE can certainly relate to the high winds, since we had a tornado touch down here in 2008. We've also had lots of hail storms that broke windows and destroyed fences and siding. I hope the hail and high winds stay away.
Noreen and Hunter

Frankie Furter and Ernie said...

OMD OMD we are GLAD that you are all SAFE and had no damage... but OH so SORRY about everybuddy Else who did.

Unknown said...

4 years!! Happy you all are ok. Wind is crazy!!

Millie and Walter said...

Wow that sure was a wicked storm. We are glad that you were safe and your house wasn't damaged.

Foley Monster, Pocket and River Song said...

That certainly was quite the storm. We would have been very bothered by the storm. And bothered by the clean up after the storm. The whole thing would have been a bother

zoepheedogs said...

Oh no! That totally sucks about all the down trees!! We live in the Colombia River Gorge and we are no stranger to wind storms.. We also had really bad ones when we lived in the Sierra Nevada Mountains, too!

Cara n Crew said...

yoW! we had crazy strong winds Friday night and Caturday but nothing like yours! we're glad your roof held up.

pip, smidgen, minnie, hollie, sharpie, ditto

Bella Roxy & Macdui said...

That's a HUGE wind! We've never had anything that strong at our house. So happy your roof held together.

Tweedles -- that's me said...

Holy smokies! That wind storm was terrible!! I am glad your all okay and safe.

M. K. Clinton said...

I'm glad that you didn't sustain any damage. Those winds can sure be scary. I love your area so much. I'm sorry for all of the other property damage. ☺

KB said...

That sure was a big wind storm! We get them here too so our building codes are incredibly strict about wind-loads. I'm glad your place was okay and that no one was hurt by falling trees!

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Tails Around the Ranch said...

Glad you guys are safe. Holy cow, that's some wind damage. Stay safe (and anchored). :)