Just Another Day of Natural Disasters at Our Little House
I’m still not sure what to make of the fact that this area of Arkansas has seen its share of “100 year” weather events in the 3 ½ years since we moved to Our Little House.
January 2008: A rare winter tornado passes over our house and touched down in Cotter, wiping out much of the small town.
Spring/Summer 2008: A “100 year” flood swamps the area, leaving much of the lower lying areas under water. All of the floodgates on Bull Shoals dam were opened, something that hadn’t happened in 25 years. Our property suddenly moves up from “Lake View” to “Lake Front,” which certainly didn’t hurt our property appraisal that year.
January 2009: An ice storm, the likes of which locals tell us they’ve never seen, hits the area, paralyzing NW Arkansas and several other states. Nothing was spared: Trees came down on power lines, cars, houses and even killed a few people. Millions are left without power, including our area. We were without power for 8 days.
August 2010- Arkansas is immersed in 100+ degree heat for several days in a row. It goes down as one of the hottest on record. It’s during this time that we allow our dogs out at night and lose Emma.
February 9, 2011: The area gets hit with between 10-20 inches of snow, depending on just where you’re located. The weatherman says Arkansas has not seen this deep of a snow since 1912. The next morning, the area was treated to record breaking low temperatures.
If I were a person that put my full faith into signs, I would relent and say it’s time to get the hell out of Dodge – that is if we could make it through the 12+ inches of snow that fell for some 14 hours at Our Little House yesterday!
It’s become a joke among Dale’s coworkers and our friends here that nothing like this happened until we “brought it with us,” only we saw these things in Kansas City over the course of a lifetime, not in the span of three years.
Of course, I know other parts of the country – and world – have been hit hard, especially this winter and I know I’m not the only person getting tired of living Winter-Zilla 2011, but writing about it too.
What kinds of extraordinary weather have you seen in your area?