A piece of my childhood died yesterday.
For those of you in the area, you know what I’m talking about. For those of you who are scattered around the world, say, in Africa, Minnesota experienced a major weather geek phenomenon – wind. Lots of wind.
I have the exact terms wrong here I’m sure, but yesterday Minnesota witnessed the lowest barometric pressure (or change in that) ever. Remember the truly epic winter storm of 93? The one that gave us FEET of snow? I do! It was a dream come true for a boy that age. Well, yesterday’s “storm” was a greater drop in pressure than that ’93 storm. Weather geeks around Twitter referred to it a few ways, such as weathergasm, windgasm, etc.
I wouldn’t go as far to say it was a storm, it was just really windy. It barely rained. It might have thundered three times throughout the day and that’s it. Granted, Xcel Energy said more than 30,000 people around the Twin Cities area had their power knocked out. I did see some – only some – damage around town resulting from the storm, too, but nothing major.
Remember I said a part of my childhood died? Yeah. The MAJOR damage that convinces me that yesterday’s occurrence was actually a “storm” is shown in the pictures below:
The Willow Tree. MY Willow Tree!
I spent countless hours climbing that, hiding in it, mowing around it, raking its damn leaves (SO MANY LEAVES!) and staring out the window at the park with this glorious tree in the scene.
That’s one big ass tree and it’s all over the neighbor’s fence. Bummer.
I didn’t crawl around underneath the tree to check out the fence, but needless to say, it’s screwed.
That tree, an icon of who I used to be, is gone. Now my parents’ back yard will get even bigger. My dad sees it as a bittersweet situation; it’s a good tree, but a major pain in the ass to clean up after. *Major pain in the ass**salute*
Aside from a few random branches in random places, this is the only actual evidence I’ve seen to say there was an actual storm. Wait… I take that back. One more thing… a glass door at Southdale blew out of its frame and shattered in an entrance way. A security guard was holding the door open for people as they came and went. Yeah, a mall cop actually helping people. Weird.