Power Out: Pineapple Express

afterstormIf you wondered what happened to me then I summed it up in the title.  I’m now two and a half days behind in my paid work and blogging due to the weather and lack of power. So much scheduling!

On the west coast of British Columbia we experience gale force wind storms all winter long. Despite the tree trimming and hazard tree removal that’s done in autumn there are still trees that topple over power lines and leave us power-less.

As more than 30,000 residents remain without power after a severe wind storm hit Vancouver Island and the lower mainland of British Columbia, those of us who have had our power restored consider ourselves to be fortunate to be powered up and online again. Source

Pineapple Express is a non-technical term for a meteorological phenomenon characterized by a strong and persistent flow of atmospheric moisture and associated heavy precipitation from the waters adjacent to the Hawaiian Islands and extending to any location along the Pacific coast of North America.

14 thoughts on “Power Out: Pineapple Express

    • ha! ha! :D After hours of cleaning up the windfall and cutting it up and moving it by wheelbarrow as the tractor is in for repairs our road into our property was passable. The next day the power came back on. Hopefully, there won’t be many more storms this winter.

  1. Hope you are always safe with those windstorms. Right now it is wonderfully balmy in Alberta @ 5-10 degrees C which is great ….and we don’t get much rain during this time. :) I’m sure we will be sacked with -20 degrees C temp. and snow before my birthday this month.
    Mother Nature is fickle.

    • Hi Jean,
      We are fortunate but that’s partly because we built our building where we did and because we were savvy to what winters would produce here. When we get thse “pinapple expresses” they are warm and wet. provided there aren’t high winds – no problem. But when the gale force winds blow they can take down the tress that did not appear to be in any way hazardous. I feel sorry for those who had trees and limbs crashing through their roof or windows. If you do get snow this month be sure camera on hand as you are a talented photographer and I loved your winter shots. :)

  2. My sympathies and – apart from the power lines – empathies. We’ve a respite at the moment from severe winds (somewhere between gale and hurricane force) and it’s nice and quiet and the house is actually not shaking for the first time in days. Also the forest is quiet. I never knew, til I came to live in a rural environment that a forest could sing. I wouldn’t mind but it is so out of tune and it sings for so long. 24 hours of flat audio was worrying my nerves.

    Hugs, TiTi, I hope things get back to a functional norm for you soon.

    • @Val,
      Hi there. Somehere between gale force and hurricane winds is something we both experience. Yes, the forest sings and we are right in the midst of that cacaphonic storm orchestration. I prefer spring and summer songs myself. :) There was so much physical work to do and so many phonecalls to answer from panicky clients and customers, and shipments to re-route etc. that we were not only exahusted and still are but our nerves were also raw. Thank goodness we got some sleep last night and will be getting more tonight.

  3. I hope it doesn’t happen again soon – thousands of users had to read the Help files without your nimble assistance :-)

    I am glad to hear that you dodged downed lines and trees. When I lived in Seattle the roofers were busy everytime the Pineapple Express blew through.

    • The visual image of people actually searching support docs and forum threads and my blog makes me smile from ear to ear.

      Roofers are definitely in high demand after one of these storms blows through and there will be others. We have situated our home in a spot where there is not much danger of trees falling on it.

  4. Gee, I was hoping you were referring to the more fun version of Pineapple Express! (a la James Franco and Seth Rogen)

  5. Glad you’re back online.

    When we lived in Haiti last year we only had electricity for about 8 hours a day. The rest of the time we used a generator or went without when diesel was in short supply.

    Kathy

    • Thanks so much. We were prepared, which means we had lots of backbreaking labor to do to have water and heat. It gave us pause to consider how much time in days gone by we humans used to spend out doors and how much work it took to get through a day.

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