Two Decembers in a row have bought unexpectedly bad weather to Western Washington. And I am not talking about just a storm; I'm talking about becoming a federally declared disaster area.
Perhaps you saw news coverage of this month's flood, with several people dead and hundreds of livestock drowned. A twenty mile stretch of Interstate 5 south of Olympia was underwater and off limits for several days. There were hundreds of millions of dollars worth of damage and lost commerce.
One year ago yesterday Mother Nature stopped by my house. 60 - 90 mile per hour winds caused widespread damage all over Seattle, mostly due to downed power lines and, as in my case, trees. We are as proactive as we can be to cull dead and dying trees on the property but even a healthy one will come down with enough wind from the right angle.
I didn't have a blog then so wasn't able to share photos with most of you but here are a couple I took the morning after. The Volkswagen had less than 7000 miles on it.