Is it global warming with natures struggle to balance our atmosphere? Who knows? I am not a scientist on changes to the environment but we have never experienced such a severe wind storm that blew over our island or western Washington on Thursday night. Being in the dark of the night with power outages throughout the island and hearing trees snap, fall and the wind howling, I imagined unpleasant images of disaster caused by the wind. How does one sleep through a storm when your house is in the middle of tall evergreen trees swishing and twisting in the wind…..not us. Then we heard branches breaking very nearby, like an object falling through them, ending with a sudden thump!! We didn’t dare venture far from our covered porch or house during the storm and in the dark to search for the tree. Finally around 1:00 a.m. the storm abated and we were able to get some sleep. In the morning we found the large evergreen tree lying peacefully and quietly across our driveway 150 feet away from our house.
Bill and a neighbor cut up the tree into sections for fire wood in the future. Other trees throughout the island blocked roads, tore down power lines; heavy evergreen branches strewn covering the roads; power poles blown over; roads closed with power outages for several days. So, is this year of unusual severe weather the result of global warming caused by our refusal to admit the damage that we have done to our precious earth or is this a natural attempt to balance the earth that runs in cycles?