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June 21, 2017 / philosophermouseofthehedge

Unscheduled dawning

(ALLrights reserved) Grocery store parking lot sunset day before hurricane/tropical(NO permissions granted) storm Cindy. (Copyrighted)

Grocery store parking lot late afternoon before Cindy gets her act together and decides whether it’s Door # 1, 2, or Door # 3 on Wed.. She hasn’t bothered to say exactly what her ETA is – or how long she plans to stay. Unannounced guests are such a bother. You have to run to the store to buy what you’d better have stocked up before they arrive. Once they arrive, they make it very difficult to leave the house – even if to pick up that vital item forgotten earlier – like toilet paper. People remember the flats of water, cat food, chips and beer, but forget the extra toilet paper. Arrrrgh! “While you’re sloshing out there, get some cat litter, too – and keep it dry on the way home!..and more chips and chocolate!” (No permissions granted for image. ©)

Surf’s up.Pictured is last nights’ grocery store view.

It is dawning on even the newbies here: the Tropical Storm Cindy is finally making her move. 

Clear Lake, some 50 miles from Galveston’s coastline, is under storm warning with landfall expected tonight – A bit east of us.

We are on the NW “drier” side of this one, so normally that means lots of gusty strong winds (Hope your trees’ crowns have been trimmed to allow winds to blow through), bands of rain with flooding in normal low spots and streets periodically, high tides flooding some coastal  and great surf. (Headaches for the beach patrol)

What everyone fears may come true: loss of power 

Seriously, in 100 degree heat some bird seeking justice for wind turbine and solar panels in migration routes kamikazes into a power substation and shut down power to a big chunk of people.

If a bird can have that effect, what chance does the grid have against a blustery, bullying, stormy lady?

Those that know history are in motion.

The day before the Great 1900 Storm was a misleading siren: beautiful blue sky, welcomed cool winds. They didn’t suspect anything. Only to have the hurricane unleash fury that night. (News photos of aftermath here , story to the single most deadly event in US which left between 6,000 and 12,000 dead here.)

Hurricane Carla sat out in the Gulf and gained strength before slowly sauntering inland n her own good time – and storming forever: hours and hours and hours or heavy rain. I remember watching the water inch up towards the house. My job was to watch with towels ready incase it started seeping under the door. So soggy one the roots of one tall elm let go and the tree slowly sank to the ground. Fortunately away from both ours and our neighbor’s house. We watched forever it seemed. (But did run out during the eye and run around the front yard while Dad kept watch on the sky.) Interesting vintage TV news footage of Hurricane Carla:

Every Cindy I’ve ever known was an airhead ditz, so I’m wary.

That darn recycle bin truck better make it quick today. Everyone’s piled stuff out and it will all easily float/blow. There will be enough weird unidentified floating objects surging into lake and bay after the storm.

Rats! Tomorrow is garbage day. Bet pickup will be interrupted. Rats, I say again.

Dawns on me that the wind chimes better be taken down. No need for spooky chiming effects like a horror film.

(It’s an early spring storm and really not expected to be a big deal: don’t worry, but don’t be caught by surprise… only a short walk down the beach today.)

It’s the way the wind blows.

Phil, the Philosopher Mouse of the Hedge.

Clouds at dawn before Tropical Storm Cindy All rights reserved. Copyrighted. NO permissions granted

Dawn before Tropical Storm Cindy as Molly Malamute enjoys walking in the cool north winds. We will have rain bands like this all day – alternating with bright clear blue skies. Walk while you can!( © All image rights reserved.)


  1. easyweimaraner / Jun 21 2017 8:43 am

    I hope all the best for the peeps, the pets and the wildlife…

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jun 21 2017 9:19 am

      Paws crossed. Cindy, an early storm, is actually weakening. As long as we are west of the center, there shouldn’t be a huge problem…just rain, rain, rain. Molly rarely notices rain and is impossible to hurry along or get her to focus on purpose of walk during “It’s time, you HAVE to go now” expeditions.
      Many of the wildlife that has adapted to city life will seek shelter in residential/office parking garages under cars or behind stuff. Snakes and fire ants not welcomed! Thanks for circling the vulnerable with protective thoughts


  2. Anne Mehrling / Jun 21 2017 8:51 am

    My fingers are crossed for you!

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jun 21 2017 9:22 am

      There worst result expected? A few added pounds from eating out of boredom. Aaaargh – under reported crime of hurricanes. Thanks for adding sheltering thought

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  3. Kate Crimmins / Jun 21 2017 11:33 am

    Life would be unbearable if we ran out of cat food (and chocolate!). Good luck.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jun 21 2017 1:49 pm

      You’ll be interested to know we caught RC Cat in the pantry quietly sliding all the tuna cans over by her stash of cat food…seriously, like 30 cans of cat food isn’t enough? So far only heavy clouds, low humidity and a lovely north breeze. It looks like the storm is heading to Sabine Pass east of us with predictions of west Houston getting little or no rain at all…we may get 1-3 inches – counting on that after just putting out the last fertilizer dose until fall.
      Chocolate is critical…great excuse to buy these incredible brownies from the bakery…rule is you can’t open them until the tropical storm is officially on land…counting minutes HAHA Thanks for stocking this comment pantry

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  4. D. Wallace Peach / Jun 21 2017 7:58 pm

    I hope it turns out to be nothing but amazing skies. Stay safe.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jun 22 2017 10:35 am

      Cindy stayed on path. Since we’re on the western side of the storm, so far we’ve had lots of breeze and less than an inch of rain as the rain bands swirl across several states around the storm center. The SE gulf states are getting all the heavy downpours and flooding this time.
      This one followed the same path as Rita which was another nonstarter and the only reason people know about that one is that half of Louisiana relocated here after Katrina- and were terrorized by the hysterical hyper media exaggeration. Terrified people jammed the evacuation routes and people actually died in accidents and an evacuation bus fire.(Houston is well inland and not built below was level dependent on aging flood dikes that were not maintained). We remember standing in our bone dry street in our old subdivision yelling at someone else born and raised here “Any sign of rain down there?” No. Lovely peace and quiet until everyone got back.)
      The skies are quite amazing even if you are in the storm path. Just need to keep up with weather movement and keep alert in this area. Commonsense is important here as in most places. Thanks for adding a splashy remark

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      • D. Wallace Peach / Jun 22 2017 10:40 am

        I can imagine that those who survived Katrina were on edge. The sensationalism on the media doesn’t help. Glad you’re safe and dry.


        • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jun 22 2017 11:14 am

          Apparently the storm winds and rain aren’t dampening spirits for too many in NOLA’s French Quarter this time. We lived there for a while and paid all those additional taxes on gas for designated for dike maintenance. Had friends talking to us by cell phone in the street outside the hospital after Katrina passed over – OK until all of a sudden they started describing huge walls of water pouring down the street. Dike broke. Failed dike destroyed everything, flooded the city, and put people at risk (although they were told to leave in plain terms and chose not to – trusted those ancient dikes.). A lot of people questioned what happened to all that designated money….
          Hurricanes are nothing to take lightly. I have a friend whose has frightening childhood memories of Carla: waking up at midnight with water quietly ankle deep in the house, their father moving them up higher and higher in a 2 story frame house which was shuddering, going into the attic, – shortly to have to hold multiple little brothers and sister up as high as possible as water filled the attic. Their dad frantically using a small hatch to cut away out the roof. They were all roped together. Somehow they managed to hold onto that roof until the storm passes and were spotted from the air. Most of the family still stayed in that South TX coastal area to live. Too scary for me!

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          • D. Wallace Peach / Jun 22 2017 11:23 am

            That is terrifying. Makes the floods in my area seem like puddles.


  5. shoreacres / Jun 22 2017 4:26 am

    Wasn’t that sunset something? One thing about tropical systems — they do provide some good color before they get here. After all the hype, this really has been a little underwhelming. Given that the wind’s been at 20-25 mph for weeks and weeks, 35 mph isn’t going to get much attention.

    Anyway, it’s come and it’s going, and no development’s forecast for the next five days. I’m about four hours shy of finishing a job — sure would be nice to get it before the weekend.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jun 22 2017 10:51 am

      Gorgeous ( We were out getting s bag of ice in case power went out). About 15 min later it was blood red and so dramatic – but my pix had too much tree and too little sky to show the intensity. It followed almost identical development/path to Rita…another no show to this side of the storm. Early storms at least keep the lawn watered and temps down. Last week was dreadfully hot. Once last cool front this weekend? It’s been breezy and fine so far… not looking forward to August. Thanks for docking a while to comment


  6. memoirsofahusk / Jun 22 2017 5:34 am

    Boy, you do have weather!


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jun 22 2017 10:45 am

      Pays to keep an eye on the sky around here (and know storm/storm surge history of your location). Both the 1900 Storm and Carla were late/September storms – we always take any storm threat at the end of the summer very seriously as the gulf is very warm, and al conditions are right at that time of year for serious danger. This one was following the exact path of Rita, a previous storm that scared everyone here, but basically did nothing here. So much depends on where the center is and where it is going. The eye of Ike pretty much went over our house (we did leave at the last minute due to predicted storm surge..which turned out to be totally incorrect and acknowledged now to be miscalculated) – but the only damage was a bent gutter from where wind tossed a neighbor’s unsecured board from his yard…a few miles from us there was severe house and property damage from winds and flooding. Every place has it’s natural adventures…I’m not real big on earthquakes…
      Thanks for boating over to sky watch

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      • memoirsofahusk / Jun 23 2017 9:17 am

        We tend not to have earthquakes, typhoons, tornadoes, we don’t have volcanoes and only a rarely-seen adder as poisonous snakes go, etc, but we have had a run of human inflicted tragedies lately. We humans just can’t help hurting each other it seems.
        Keep safe.


        • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jun 23 2017 10:49 am

          An old Smothers’ Bros. song includes “What nature doesn’t do to us, is done by our fellow man.” Endlessly. All you can do is to try tending your own garden. Small scale less distracting and more productive sometimes. Thanks for sky watching

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  7. The Coastal Crone / Jun 22 2017 2:27 pm

    The storm season has started early with TSCindy but I usually don’t worry too much until Aug./Sept. Hopefully you made it OK where you were but one never knows. We have ridden out some small ones that swiped us but that was years ago. We are about a block from the bay but on a bluff so we are fairly safe if we roll down the shutters and make sure we have enough wine! Stay safe and watch the skies!


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jun 22 2017 4:15 pm

      Yep, as you say. Around here what you worry about are the deadly late summer/Sept. storms like Carla (wiped out a good part of the Palacious area) and the 1900 one. But best to be wary if the temps have been exceptionally high and the gulf is too warm. We, too chose high ground (or as high it gets around here…so far new flood maps still show us as high ground) and close enough to hop over to Galveston to walk the beach, but enough distance Gulf storm surge shouldn’t be a real threat.
      This storm took Rita’s path and those east are wading and cleaning up. Fingers always crossed, right? Thanks for the toast!


  8. Curt Mekemson / Jun 27 2017 10:39 pm

    Truly glad I don’t have to deal with hurricanes. I was in NOLA shortly after Katrina and that’s as close as I ever want to get. Out here in Oregon, we have other worries— fires and earthquakes. The helicopters have been flying over the lake above us today gather water to throw on some flame or the other. They carry large buckets on large tethers to dip water out of the lake. It’s fire season in the west again. –Curt


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jun 28 2017 5:04 pm

      The thing about hurricanes is that you see them well in advance – and take sensible precautions. We lived in NOLA for a bit before that particular storm. The city has seen many (and survived…it wasn’t the storm that damaged, it was the neglected levies. We were in communication with doctors at the big hospital that everyone heard about. Friend was standing in the street after the storm saying it was all fine – until he saw a wall of water crashing down the street. Corruption and money redirected when it should have been spent to keep the city safe.)
      Even though they say you get used to earthquakes, they are pretty worrisome. (Yellowstone caldera is sure having a lot right now) The fire season is worse than you would think with all the snow pack. Nature decides to redecorate, and nor much we can do about it, but RUN. We get big range fires here and every so often lightening or a planned burn gets out of control here on the prairie. I’ve seen those big helicopters. (previous posts, years ago)
      Yep, gotta keep an eye out and plan mountain/NW trips carefully during this season. Darn Estes Park/Colorado fires wrecked more than one vacation. Thanks for wandering over and stirring in a comment here


      • Curt Mekemson / Jun 30 2017 3:36 pm

        The neglected levies were a criminal act, no doubt about it. But I also remember the damage in Gulfport and Biloxi.
        More snow than I can remember since the early 80s when I spent a lot of time near Donner Summit. Once the two story cabin I stayed in disappeared under the snow. I had to dig it out. 🙂
        Quite a swarm of earthquakes at Yellowstone. Some day that puppy is going to blow in a huge way, but hopefully not any time soon. –Curt


        • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jun 30 2017 3:45 pm

          Mississippi got very little media coverage although the damage there was severe. People there of the sort to just pick themselves up and put it all back together.
          Summer means snow to me since childhood – we always played along Trail Ridge. Sigh. Roasting here today
          Linda says hi!


  9. RKLikesReeses / Jul 4 2017 12:54 pm

    So scary….((((((hugs))))))



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