Not much more than 12 hours after the peak of the weather event which started as Hurricane Sandy and ended as a volumeus Nor’easter, and there is not much to show at the farm. Sadly, I know a number of friends who have not been as fortunate.
At the peak, winds were 45mph with frequent gusts to 65mph. The winds started from north northeast and gradually rotated around to west northwest. The rain was often steady but never really torrential (and definitely not as bad as back in late August). Total rainfall was a little over 7.5″ (which is a far cry from the 13″ in 8 hours during the August storm)
The power went out twice – once Monday morning for an hour and then again around 8:30pm for six hours. The local electric coop, ANEC, was tireless in taking care of its customers – at one point half of all residents were without power but most were back on line within hours.
For the most part is was a dull day of reading and posting updates to Facebook.
As of now (Tuesday morning) we still have intermittent showers and rain with windy. It’s cold and raw with the temp down to 42F.
I’ve declared the storm “over” and the windsock is back up and in service. It tells me the winds are 8-12kts out of the southwest. There are two small patches of water on the north end of the runway which will likely be gone by afternoon.
There are not a lot of tasks to accomplish at the farm ahead of severe weather. Yesterday, they harvested the soy beans. Today, I loaded the freezer, filled some water jugs, pulled the vehicles into the garage, and got all of the mowing done.
The last outdoor task – and the one that truly signals fowl weather – is lowering the windsock. (*The last time it was down was for hurricane Irene.* )
It's hard to even imagine what happens when a foot of rain falls in eight hours. Fortunately form many on the Eastern Shore, the answer was short lived.
The farmhouse stayed safe and dry. However, at one point, more than half the front lawn was under water Aswan the side yard.
What was a big surprise was the runway at 53VG was under water (actually about 1200 ft of it). After further investigation, it became obvious what had happened – the road had flooded and was acting like a river, feeding anywhere and everywhere the water could go.
Thankfully, the farm has well draining soil and less than a day later, all the water on and around the runway was gone. The same was true for the front and side lawns. Even the drainage ditches were mostly empty. Of course, the farm is “high ground” so I would suspect low lying coastal roads have plenty of water along the sides.
The warm weather a breeze is helping evaporation but with the side effect of lots of humidity.
A positive note is that the wetlands – which I had noted were pumped dry by the adjacent tomato farm – is once again wet. Between the direct rainfall and all of the runoff, the wetlands are not only full, but it is once again feeding the tomato farm's irritation pond.
At one point in the storm, there was a short pause in the rain. There was even a single hole in the clouds with a small patch of blue sky visible. No sooner had the rain stopped, a chorus of frogs started calling out. It was a pretty cool sound and surprisingly loud. It didn't last very long and the rain started dumping once again from the skies.
While enjoying my morning mocha and sitting in the newest addition to the front porch, I thought to myself, “self, I bet those clouds would look cool sped up like in all those new agey videos”. So, I grabbed my tripod, my RAM mount, and the iPhone and made this little test video.
I like the results so far (even with the fact I forgot about it and walked in front of the camera once or twice). I’ll have to think about a composition and make one of those new agey videos