Those of you who line in New England probably know what they say about the weather here: If you don’t like it, wait 15 minutes. The weather does change rapidly, and yesterday was an example of that for us in southwestern New Hampshire.
It all started with a cold front moving through the area at about 4:00 PM. The sky was black to the north as I took Fiona (AKA the Fluffster) to the vet. When the words “tornado warning” came over the radio I knew it was time to get inside. Unfortunately, the vet took about half an hour, so I was driving home as it really started to get bad, looking at massive lightning strikes, black clouds, and the beginnings of a real mess. For the next 3 hours, it poured buckets, the wind blew, hail fell, and water was everywhere. We are fine–no leaks except a few drops down the chimney that came out the clean-out opening downstairs, but much of Cheshire County has sustained damage from flooding. I heard that 6 inches of rain fell in 3 hours. Brooks overflowed, roads were washed out, and people’s basements filled with water. Keene is prone to this–it is an ancient lake bed left over from the last ice age, and so it’s quite flat (for New Hampshire, anyway) and doesn’t drain all that well.
Out of town some small roads are closed because of washouts, and major roads leading north, west, and east from town are also closed. I am just hoping that things are somewhat back to normal in a couple of weeks for the wedding that we are planning!
I realize that this post has little to do with kilts and kiltmaking- I just wanted to let you know that I am still here. This is the third time in 6 years that Keene has flooded, and the fifth time in 6 years that there has been major damage in the area. If this is what global warming has in store for us, it might be time to seek higher ground.