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Old 03-19-2012, 11:52 PM   #6151
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Several days ago we had another one of these major storms here...definitely the worst of this winter...so far. As I mentioned, 80,000 customers were without power for awhile. Many huge trees down causing all kinds of havoc.

On the day of the storm, I looked out to the channel and honest to Pete I just couldn't believe my eyes. Here is a big tug pulling a loaded gravel barge towards Dodd Narrows. The wind was behind him, so all he really had to do was to try and keep the barge running straight. But I just couldn't feature any experienced towboat operator trying to aim that barge through Dodd. I mean, we had winds recorded that day at 130 kms, which - for those of you who still speak English and not metric - is a trace over 80 mph.

About an hour later, I saw him pulling the barge back the other way right over on the far side of the channel here where he had some slight protection from the wind. Still and all he would have been heading into 60 mph winds even there. Good thing it was a really BIG tug.
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Old 03-19-2012, 11:56 PM   #6152
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I made a couple of versions of a 1900 mhz yagi, and again this one's a bit different. I call it a split boom antenna. All the guys on the Whirlpool site laughed at me for this one, but it works a treat.
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When we get these winds here, which might sustain themselves for many days or even weeks at a time, the eagles like to ride the air currents around the Island here.

That, and I think we must have a herring run happening, because we have a zillion seals out there as well.

I tried to take some pics of the eagles, generally with a notable lack of success...but here is an immature bald eagle flying over Herring Bay. They move a whole lot faster than I do, so apologies for the not so great pics.
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There is a spit of rocks right out in front of us looking out to the bay, and the seals like to rest on the end of the spit. But when the eagles are around, they have a rapid change of heart. In the water they go on the double. Now I doubt very much that an eagle would be silly enough to go after a seal, but I guess the seals aren't about to find out.

When I took the boat out a few days ago I counted about 140 seals out there.

Here's a few in the water when the eagles were around.
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The only damage we sustained here from the big storm was a broken pane of tempered glass. It has been quietly sitting on the tub deck minding it's own business for at least a year and has managed to survive all the previous winds OK.
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About a week ago, we actually managed a half decent sunset. Yes, it was windy, but the sunset took some of the pain away.
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It sure is good to see you here for a little while Keith. I don't think I will complain about our weather after hearing about how it is up there. Hopefully things will get back to normal for you real soon. Thanks for the pictures especially the beautiful sunset. Take care buddy.
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Where abouts do you hang your hat on the Island? I have friends all over the place from Victoria all the way up to Port Hardy.

Tell you what though...the wind has been playing havoc here for months now. I'm sure you know all about that. 80,000 customers without power a few days ago on the south of the Island. And actually our friends up at Black Creek got their power knocked out as well. So you wouldn't want to be going for any joyride in a boat right about now. Full gale again out there right now. Looks like we are in for another fun night.
I'm in Mill Bay. We got some pretty bad winds here, too... knocked out our power for a day and a half, got so cold in the house that all of my tropical fish died... -_-; RIP little loaches. Fortunately my shrimp and snails made it through ok, but I'm gonna miss that gourami. Raised her myself from when she was only 1mm long.
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Thanks for the pics Keith. Sorry to hear about the window breaking. It must have been hard to get it all picked up. It's good that you had the cover on the hot tub.
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It sure is good to see you here for a little while Keith. I don't think I will complain about our weather after hearing about how it is up there. Hopefully things will get back to normal for you real soon. Thanks for the pictures especially the beautiful sunset. Take care buddy.
Morning Jim...well we just finished a big rain squall that came through and it's still blowing right at us from the south west. Surely someone must have a tap to all this wind they can turn off!
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I'm in Mill Bay. We got some pretty bad winds here, too... knocked out our power for a day and a half, got so cold in the house that all of my tropical fish died... -_-; RIP little loaches. Fortunately my shrimp and snails made it through ok, but I'm gonna miss that gourami. Raised her myself from when she was only 1mm long.
Sorry to hear about that. I guess that's one advantage of having your own power system. Maybe it would pay you to get a small generator, just enough to power a few lights and the fish tank heaters. It really isn't practical to get a generator large enough to power a whole electric house. How about fitting a wood stove for future such power outages. At least you could keep warm.

We all know there's only going to be more and more of these storms with all these major shifts in the weather patterns.

If you've been at Mill bay for awhile then you remember the really big wind that hit about 3 or 4 years ago when they had 158 mph at Race Rocks. If I remember correctly Mill Bay got hammered then as well.
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Thanks for the pics Keith. It's good that you had the cover on the hot tub.
No kidding! It was covered with a thousand pieces of glass. I have a hunch I will be finding little bits of glass forever around here.
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wow! i love post #6157, your latest sunset...too bad i already started the painting with a diffrent sunset...maybe I'll do two. one for you and W2 and one for me I swear when i'm done with it i will send it to ya! I started the painting with intentions to send it to you because your thread is the motivation for my project. if i hadn't found it and began my own thread to obtain advice..i'd still be floundering around wondering what to do. theres nothing like the support and inspiration you can get here to help keep a project going well! thanks Keith!!
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Much too quiet around here - makes me nervous!
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Well, Bud, you know what one of our problems is.

Then a couple of weeks back I had another go round with the ticker, but not so bad this time.

Then went over to town last week to pick up a few things for the house and managed to toss my back a mile out of whack. It never rains...

The missus is going over to Vancouver tomorrow to help out with the grandsons providing I can get her to the ferry. If I can't make it we have the offer of help from a friend here.

Cross your fingers that things will be much better in another week or so.

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