Terlingua Dreams

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Wednesday, May 11, 2022

More Bad Weather / Power Outage

Last night we were under a Severe Thunderstorm Watch until 11:00 p.m. but the ten o'clock news said that the watch would probably expire without being extended as the rains in Mexico would not make it across the border as the radar "seemed" to indicate.

I was watching The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon but dozing off and on as I waited for Late Night with Seth Meyers, who had a guest I was looking forward to seeing. It was around 11:40 p.m. when I was rudely awakened by thunder, lightning, wind, heavy rain, and pellets hitting the living room window. What the heck happened to the storms not reaching the border?

Five minutes later there is a big bang sound I am very familiar with and then the power went out. The explosive sound was from the transformer that is located between Mr. Joe's property and his noisy neighbor. I often report our frequent power outages but it had been a while since we last experienced a prolonged one.

I was very tired and just went to sleep...thank goodness for our solar lights! The next time I woke up it was 2:00 a.m. and the house was feeling stuffy as the power had not returned. I opened more windows as well as the front door and was puzzled to find that all the street lights were on including the lights in some houses. I could even hear the air conditioner of the house in front of mom's.

The only reason I knew Mr. Joe did not have power is that his motion lights which come on constantly probably triggered by the cats, never came on as I was in the front yard for a long while with Nicolás (my cat).

Around 4:00 a.m. some terrible wind gusts began and I went back inside glad that it was only wind and not rain and/or hail. The good thing about the wind is that it helped to cool the house down. The next time I woke up it was 5:10 a.m. and the power was still off.

I kept hearing a heavy-duty vehicle and when I opened my eyes my alarm clock was flashing and the time on the cable box told me it was 6:05 a.m. That is when I realized that the sound I was hearing was the trash truck at this ungodly hour while it was still dark outside. Lucky for me I had brought the trash can to the gate last night and the guy saw me running and waited for me...thank you!

I do not know what time the power came back on as it obviously took place sometime between 5:10 a.m. and 6:05 a.m. I was glad I did not go to HEB yesterday as I had made room in the freezer for a small container of ice cream. We were without electricity for at least six hours. I am glad it rained as the temperatures did not rise until the afternoon when the clouds cleared and the sun came out. We had a high of 95 degrees today.

Good night.  May you all have Terlingua Dreams.


Aunty Acid



8 comments:

  1. WOW you had one heck of a storm. Glad the electric went back on before the heat came up. We had a little cool down today of 87 but will rise tomorrow to 96 and by Sat. 102 I am not ready for this summer crap.

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    1. One heck of a storm that was not even supposed to hit us! They are saying that with the extreme heat we will be experiencing this weekend we could see rolling blackouts...I hope not!

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  2. Glad you remained Safe and finally got your power back.
    We like today's Auntie Acid. That was the way we grew up.
    Be Safe and Enjoy the cooler temperatures.

    It's about time.

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    1. That is the way I was raised as well and like Aunty Acid I miss the simpler times.

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  3. Glad you had the power back on in a semi-reasonable amount of time.
    I have a confession to make - which is when there are thunderstorms in Del Rio, I encourage them, because some times they make their way all the way up here.....and we get a little rain. Anyway, next time it hits the fan down there, you can take comfort (hahaha) that it might end up benefiting someone. Actually, my main hope is that we can all get some rain without being blown or hailed away.

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    1. I suppose you could say power was restored in a "semi-reasonable" time as we have gone up to 24 hours without it in the past, and that time it was a citywide event.

      You made me chuckle, even if you "encourage" them...only mother nature has the power to actually send them your way. This weekend or was it Friday? Radar showed your area was receiving strong storms...did they not make it to your house?

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    2. Well, we had some nice thunder/lightning shows, but zero rain, at least in a 10 mile radius. Sigh. This has been true for all of the "systems" coming through this year. Yeah, I've encouraged a lot of weather events and as far as I can tell, I have zero influence.

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    3. I am sorry to hear that, if I was a betting woman I would have said you enjoyed some very nice showers...that is why I don't bet...hopefully you will soon see some precipitation.

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