30 October 2012
The storm treated us well last night. We got some rain and some consistently moderate wind, but nothing insane. When I got up this morning, I checked the stream gauge online, and saw that Passage Creek was up significantly, and perhaps over the little low-water bridge that connects our house to the outside world.
So I walked down there to check it out. Here’s the view from a little knoll on my neighbor’s land, looking west/northwest across the creek’s floodplain.
When I got down to the bridge, I saw that the water level was just below it.
Usually it’s three or four feet lower than that.
Lotta water in there. And a tree. This is much higher than normal.
Here’s a short video showing the creek:
Leafy flotsam caught in creekside vegetation:
And a big pile on the upstream side of the bridge:
There was even a wad of leaves wrapped around the above-water, above-bridge portion of the the tree trunk:
I guess that leads me to infer that the creek crested a bit above bridge level sometime during the early morning – otherwise how would those leaves get there?
Back at the house, I checked on the bowl that Lily set on the porch last evening to act as an informal rain gauge. It had rain in it:
I surveyed the wreckage of the big oak we had cut down on Sunday.
This made me sad – I felt like I had to do it to protect the house, given the forecast, but this was a big, old, healthy oak tree. I didn’t count every annual ring, but I counted a few well-expressed sections and extrapolated to the rest of the radius width. I estimate it’s over 150 years old.
What a bummer. My foot (with its sad face) provides a sense of scale.
Lastly, I walked about 200 feet north of our house, to a little ravine that’s almost always dry. It had a healthy stream of water running in it this morning. Another video to show this:
All told, the storm treated us pretty well. We prepared for the worst, and didn’t get it.