Flash light time
Sunday August 16th 2020, 10:52 pm
Filed under: Food,Garden,Life,Wildlife

A restless night of not much sleep, not registering that there was a big storm going on out there, and I gave up and got up at a time when it just happened to be quiet out there.

I was washing my hands standing under the skylight when a flash of light startled me into glancing towards the light switch, not fathoming, just as the BOOM!!! hit and the power went out.

Found out later that one of the many lightning strikes had hit a few blocks over.

Thunderstorms?! In the Bay Area? In August? Rain? In AUGUST? A hundredth of an inch, as it turned out, but hey, that’s enough to sprout the fall weed seeds.

More and more house-rattling. I had been planning to go pick the one fig that should have been ripe first thing this morning. There was no going out there.

And then it seemed to settle down and all the booms stopped.

I really wanted that fig. I thought maybe I might chance it.

It wasn’t really raining (oh! Well, not enough for me to have heard from inside), just the slightest sprinkle.

For all that the fig, it turned out, had not finished ripening in the night and I left it there to be stolen later by the squirrels (which it was.)

Ten steps back to the door, I was halfway there, when out of the gray-not-blue, another BOOM! skittered me inside so fast! I could just picture the obituary: Lost Grandma because she just couldn’t bear to give up that one single piece of fruit to the rodents, but it was not the fig that got roasted.

They say we may have a repeat tonight of either yesterday’s PG&E shutdown or another weird storm and a third power outage, so dinner was the fastest thing I could cook so we wouldn’t be stuck with half-raw chicken and a fridge we couldn’t open.

Edited to add: I’m guessing that one of the biggest fire tornados ever may have helped create the atmospheric conditions that led to that storm.

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I heard the storm we got was the result of the ex-tropical storm in the Pacific.

No problems with power here, but it was a wild ride. I think it’s only the 3rd or 4th thunderstorm I’ve experienced since we moved to California in 1990. The first one I remember included a tornado that touched down in Sunnyvale!

With the extra humidity, it felt a bit like Florida this morning. Wouldn’t mind the humidity if the temperature stayed around 80. With this weather, our “cold” tap water comes out around 100 degrees!

Comment by Anne 08.17.20 @ 1:21 am

Wow! And also yikes.

Comment by ccr in MA 08.17.20 @ 5:42 am

That’s a new twist on the forbidden fruit lesson! hihihi

I’m glad you are safe. May it continue that way so you can enjoy that fig, when it’s time, in good health.

Comment by Suzanne in Montreal 08.17.20 @ 6:33 am

Wow! Glad you are safe (there will always be more figs) and it sounds like 2020 continues to live up to its crazy reputation.

Comment by Margo Lynn 08.17.20 @ 7:17 am

Electricity at that magnitude is pretty scary. Glad things are ok. At least for the moment!
Chris S

Comment by Chris S in Canada 08.17.20 @ 12:30 pm

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