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Tom

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Rutland got hit hard with high winds last Friday afternoon. Power pole  at the corner of our yard got snapped off when a neighbor's spruce tree fell on the power line. The transformer hit the pavement and had to be replaced along with the pole.

Here's what we found online:

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An unusual "gravity wave" induced wind storm produced wind gusts of hurricane force in parts of western Vermont and eastern New York Friday afternoon. The unusual wind storm occurred suddenly in the late afternoon and appears to be driven by what is known as a gravity wave.

North of the Berkshires - on the west side of the Green Mountains - the gravity wave was more than just a curiosity. A ferocious period of winds developed as the gravity wave moved overhead with gusts up to 74 mph in the town of Wells, VT and substantial tree damage in the cities of Rutland and Bennington, VT. 

The gravity wave appears to have been of a substantial enough amplitude to bring down very strong winds from aloft. The winds from 5,000 feet in the atmosphere were about 75 mph and appear to have mixed right down to the ground as this vertical wave resulted in one hell of an atmospheric ripple. The terrain absolutely played a part in this - as all of the powerful winds occurred just west of the Green Mountains (Killington, near Rutland, is ~4200 feet) and another band of strong winds occured just west of the Taconic Mountains in eastern New York. 

Source: Unusual Wind Storm Clobbers Vermont, New York | NBC Connecticut http://www.nbcconnecticut.com/weather/stories/Unusual-Wind-Storm-Clobbers-Vermont-New-York-421523333.html#ixzz4gcfIPVA6




The winds came right down to ground level; a section of our panel fence got blown open as did the next door neighbor's fence. Wild winds!

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Tom, I was thinking of you, and also thinking that Rutland gets it's fair share of extreme weather. It's like Rutland can't catch a break. Not much good news coming out of Rut.... Well, I did see a piece on the news recently about homes of drug dealers in Rutland, being rehabilitated, so that the neighborhood can get back to some reasonable normalcy.  

I like storms... until the power goes out. [icon_screwy]
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Not having any electricity for a spell is OK except that the stuff in the fridge spoils and freezer stuff thaws out. I gotta say though, the new refridgerators are pretty good at keeping their cool; after 28 hours without power the meat in the freezer section was still frozen and the Labatt's in the fridge was still cold enough to drink. :-)

One of our neighbors has a backup generator and he offered to string an extension cord from his house to ours. I told him to look me up if the power was going to be out for more than a day. Rutland may have its problems but it's got good people.
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Yeah, the fridge is the biggest issue of a power outage. And no showers can suck. We were without power for 4 nights during the ice storm, and it was getting old, if not smelly.

Just saw on the news, a report on the feral cat problem in Rutland. They showed some pretty beat up cats, and a worker from the humane society said it cost them $80 a cat to deal with them...... I can think of a way cheaper solution.

There are good folks in every town..... Although Franklin county is pretty fkn rough...... Some real winners up there. I'd rather spend time with a feral cat, then most of the population in that county.
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We keep several gallons of water frozen in the freezer. IT makes the freezer stay cold when the power drops. We can also move some to the fridge side in a pinch. Our water is gravity feed with about 26psi. You can still get a shower, flush the toilet and water in the sink.  We get high winds all the time with power out, 20-30 times a year.

My sister in law catches feral cats in Burlington. She takes them to a vet that fixes them. Then she releases them where she caught them. Strange hobby.
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