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Friday, July 21, 2006

I always dread seeing that line on the map going right through Nova Scotia. This storm shouldn't impact us that much. It is already down-grading to an extra-tropical storm. Last night we went around the entire house, bringing every item that could potentially blow away into the garage; lawn chairs, patio furniture, children's toys....and I went to the grocery store to stock up on batteries and food. We always go through the same exercise whenever there is a storm on the way; no matter how big or small. We live right on the coast and quite a drive from most amenities, so want to be prepared for whatever might come our way.

In the process of bringing things into the garage and putting away groceries, we discovered that our freezer in the garage had died, rendering all the food inside it spoiled. Ugh; what a mess...it was an older freezer, and now, on top of a bunch of spoiled food, we need to buy a new freezer.

So now, here I am, with the two boys, home today, watching another storm out the window, and trying to do a million things at once. We don't know what we are doing this weekend, since the weather will be yucky for pretty much the entire time.

What are your plans?

  1. Blogger x said:

    new freezer. even our appliances break down at the same time Cathy.
    erm this weekend i am going to visit my son, see a movie and nurse my hand.xxx

  1. Blogger Heidi said:

    Cathy...Last night we had a major storm. In my life I have not seen it that severe. The lightening/thunder unbelievable!
    Our power went out from 12:30 -6:30.

    I think the winds blew out the right side of the plexi glass which is holding my AC! I have got to somehow put it back in place before it really falls out now.

    I hope the storm passes you.

    Have a good weekend~

  1. Blogger Ben Heller said:

    Hope the storms aren't too severe Cathy. Stay snug.

  1. Blogger Jean-Luc Picard said:

    As it's sweltering here in England, I'm determined not to do a lot.

  1. Anonymous Anonymous said:

    Was this the reason for the new fridge? Ours was not the fridge freezer, but our deep freeze (we have (had!) a small one in the garage.

    I didn't know! And I am a weather junkie! I hope your A/C made it out alive.

    Winds gusting to 80 km, so I think we'll be fine.

    I've heard about the terrible heat in Europe. You are wise to not do much. Have a nice weekend and thanks for stopping by.

  1. Blogger Eric said:

    Batten down the hatches!

  1. Blogger Meow (aka Connie) said:

    I hope the storm isn't too severe, Cathy, and that you all stay safe and snug.
    My weekend is not too busy, I have friends for dinner tonight, but otherwise, not much.
    Enjoy your weekend. Take care, Meow xx

  1. Blogger Cathy said:

    Hatches were battened...just the bbq cover was forgotten. The storm has pretty much passed us now, but we have a low front with heavy rain to confront tomorrow and Sunday. I'll take it over severe heat, though.

    It wasn't too bad; at one point we thought we'd lose the power, but it just flickered.

  1. Blogger Stephanie said:

    Glad to hear the worst of the weather passed without much damage. I think we're in for another bad hurricane season :(

    Back to work for me tomorrow...but can't complain. I had very nice weather for my vacation. I'll take the rain over the heat any day too.

  1. Blogger Cathy said:

    Stephanie! I'm glad you're back; and nice weather for your vacation...I'm looking forward to hearing about it.

  1. Blogger Michelle said:

    Wow! I wonder if you can tell me the difference Cathy, we have cyclones here (map very similar to yours)categories this year have gone from a 5 to a 7, so from 1-7. Then we also have what you appear to speaking of now, tropical storms. These storms can do damage, however nothing of the magnatude of a cyclone. So, do you call cyclones storms? Or, do you have the same as us?

  1. Anonymous Anonymous said:

    Clean up our yard from a terrible week of storms/tornado weather. Then check in on my friends. My computer has been off most of the week.

    Take care,

  1. Blogger missy said:

    I dreamt about you last night! I dreamt that your wrote a poem about me... how egocentric is that!

    It's a very sunny day in Oxford so I think I'd cycle to town, maybe check a museum or go shopping? Then Sunday is doing some reading...

  1. Blogger Berlinbound said:

    Visiting the local Farmer's Markets and then cooking some yummy stuff!

  1. Blogger Cathy said:

    In the Pacific, intense low pressure systems that originate in the ocean and take on significant rotation are called cyclones. They are hurricanes by another name; so we call these hurricanes in the Atlantic. Essectially the same type of storm, but a different term.

    Tropical storms originate in the same way, but don't take on the extent of rotation, for a variety of reasons. Sometimes it's wind shear, sometimes not enough warm water (the fuel for these storms) and sometimes not the right upper air conditions for them to fully develop.

    Your cyclones, like our hurricanes, have been increasing in strength in recent years. Hurricanes, unlike cyclones, go from a category 1 through 5 (rather than 7)...I would need to check the correlation of wind speeds, as I don't know how they specifically relate, right of the top of my head...

    I heard that you guys had some really bad weather; I'm glad to hear from you...I hope there's not too much cleaning up for you to do.

    Too Funny!
    Was it a good poem?

    I wish we had a farmers' market closer than we do; we have one in Halifax, but it is a good 40 minutes drive and always horribly crowded. We are going to my mother-in-laws for dinner (INSERT sarcastic yippee) and maybe some errands this aft...tomorrow, who knows...Have fun with HH !

  1. Anonymous Anonymous said:

    I'm pretty safe from those stroems, but now you have me worried about you.

  1. Blogger Michelle said:

    Cheers Cathy! Thanks for the explanation. Yes, our cyclones were catorgorised from 1 through to 5. This year however, they are including two new categories 6 & 7. This is because as you mentioned, the intensity is becoming stronger.....YIKES!

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