July 13th, 2019


Summer Storm

Last night, I fell into bed around 5 PM, but did not fall asleep for a while; however, spending time in bed just reading and not working or driving or selling something or traveling was enough in itself. Lisa came in and we were talking when I heard a large racket coming from outside. Thinking that the local railroad switch crew was being a little sloppy in their switching, I said, "What's going on our there?"

Lisa went and looked, and even as she went to look, I could see from the bright flashes that what was doing on was a sudden and relatively severe thunderstorm rolling into Fernley. A check of Twitter showed me that the National Weather Service had issued a notice and the radar maps showed red intensity in the area, with small hail and large rain. In fact, the storm did not last long, but it dropped 1-2 cm of rain in less than 20 minutes. (Fernley only gets about 20 cm of rain per year, so that's 10% of our annual rainfall in less than an hour.) We took no harm at Fernley House (which makes Lisa happy that she's over-engineered things like the roof over the travel trailer), but not everyone was quite so lucky.

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There doesn't seem to have been much other damage in the area that we could see, but Fernley is a fair-sized city in land area and we didn't go looking for more trouble, as we have our own business to take care of, as we prepped the Rolling Stone for my trip to the Bay Area this week and also as I tried to take care of Westercon and Worldcon business.