We got a rainstorm the other night, 3+ inches of rain. Folks a few miles away got an inch or more of ice. My house was drying out today. Folks a few miles away were chilling out. Literally, no power, no heat. Are you prepared to stay warm? Are you prepared to vanquish the darkness?
One of the places that I go walking is a little hill. The summit is maybe 700 feet or so. The base is around 300 feet, so the gain is 400.
At the base of this hill it was drying out from last night’s rainstorm. At the top it was covered in ice.
It’s amazing what a small change in elevation can do. You have to keep that in mind when you are getting dressed or packing.
What you see on the ground isn’t snow. It’s ice that’s falling from the trees as the day warms. If you look closely at the ground you can see all the branches that have snapped off the trees from the weight of the ice. Ice weighs a lot.
Some tree covered in ice. It’s like a winter wonderland. As if each branch was dipped into glass.
I like the way the sun is shining through the ice on the tree.
This is a good picture that really shows the weight of the ice and how it bends trees and branches to the point of snapping. You should take a look around your property and make sure there aren’t any branches or trees that may come down during a storm and knock out your wires. If you haven’t laid awake listening to trees and branches snapping during an ice storm it is something else.
You can see next year’s buds being kept on ice for the spring solstice and Greenman to arrive.
I call this construction, “White Pine Amidst Ice.” Just kidding, but it is pretty.
So what was I reminded of today?
You gotta get outadoors everyday.
I have to check around my house to make sure nothing will come down on wires, roof or sheds if there’s a storm.
Weather can change dramatically and rapidly.
If your power goes out do you have another way to stay warm? And another one after that? If my electric goes out I can’t use my furnace, but I have a woodstove. If that doesn’t work I have a propane heater. If that doesn’t work I have a little camping heater. Can you cook without electricity? Do you have a backup plan to that one? Do you have the cast iron to cook over a fire if need be? Do you even have a spare propane tank or extra bag of charcoal for your grill?
Generators, batteries, solar chargers, Coleman fuel, propane, blankets, sleeping bags, flashlights, lanterns, candles, propane heater, charcoal, firewood, saws, mauls, light sticks, fleece, long underwear, head lamps, cast iron cookware, handwarmers, hats, gloves, Dutch oven, grills, axes, matches and lighters, portable TVs, wind up lights and radios.
Lastly, you need to know how to shut off the utilities to your house. Learn how to shut off the water main and drain the heating system, shut off your natural gas, turn off the furnace and pull the main breaker to your house. The time to figure out how to do it isn’t when you need to.
BTW our power went out today. It didn’t take me long to pull out a couple of battery lanterns, the b attery TV set and a radio. We weren’t affected in the least. I did find out that the batteries died in the radio. No problem, we have lots of extra batteries. It feels good to be prepared. Are you?