Tuesday, September 08, 2015

Windstorm Waterspouts

Between the mackerel sky foretelling the impending storm, and the clearing clouds after it was done, there was a week's worth of rain here in Powell River, BC. The rain was welcome, but the associated wind wasn't either in town or here up the lake.

Our storms come from the southeast, but the mountains surrounding Powell Lake force the wind to change direction. Wind, waves, and clouds are forced north through First Narrows.





Then the wind spreads out and hits the surrounding cliffs. On really windy days, water is kicked up from the lake surface. It blows in sheets, but if the direction is diverted to the west, the moisture in the air spins up into counter-clockwise spinning waterspouts. The ones we get here are small and short lived, but when they hit our cabin face on, it can get pretty exciting. Take a look and see for yourself. -- Margy

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  1. wow - that is amazing. Ducky sure got a wild ride.

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    1. To me they kind of looked like dust devils, only filled with water. - Margy

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  2. Cool on that video. On the camera the wind sounded loud. Cute ducky!

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    1. When it comes from the north, over out cliff we can hear it coming like a freight train. When it comes from the east, it sings through our front porch clothes line.

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  3. Whew! At least the wind did not take Mr. Ducky with it. I'm glad you came out okay.
    Take 25 to Hollister

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    1. Our BBQ took a beating, but the rest of us (including our two Mr. Duckies and two BC Ferries) came out fine. - Margy

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  4. That's really interesting to see! Your poor duckie, though!!!!
    P.S. I still have nightmares about teaching, losing my day book, can't regain classroom control, lost my way in the school... :-Q

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  5. How interesting. Love the video. We had quite a windstorm 2 saturdays ago. A panel of our green house went a-sailing. I had to hold it down while Bob went to the shop to find some screws. The whole thing rocked when the big gusts swept in. At least I didn't go airborne. haha
    MB

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