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"This Weather Report Brought To You By Home Depot"

Last Friday, the west coast was inundated with weather reports of a huge storm on approach. It was to make landfall at about 6:00pm on Saturday and wreak some havoc on all of us sunny Californians. There was to be rain, and wind, and gale warnings on the coast. The wind was supposed to reach gusts of at least 60 mph.

After last month’s storms (the ones that knocked out our power for days, blew over our fence, and tilted our satellite dish), we made sure that we heeded these new storm warnings and made the appropriate preparations to stay safe, fed, and warm during the storm.

I hit WalMart at 5:00am on Saturday morning (hey, I was up!) and stocked up on water, batteries, and non-perishables. I also picked up a battery-powered radio.

I did laundry all day and cleaned house and acted as if my power was going to go out by the time the sun went down.

The tv was on all morning and afternoon, and true to form, the local news stations were in “severe storm mode,” broadcasting from the mountains and from neighborhood hardware stores and Home Depot locations and giving tips on how to prepare for the incoming storm.

Then 5:00pm hit, and the rain came.

And it rained some more. It was windy too, but “normal storm” windy. Not really all that bad.

We went to bed on time, and watched the news some more–the worst was still to come, apparently.

And more rain came and it did get a bit gusty, but nothing near what it was like in January. The doppler screens lit up with green and yellow and sometimes red, but it never really got all that bad.

Of course, the “weather systems” that came through did knock out some power here and there. The mountains got lots of snow. No blizzards, just snow.

To put it plainly, it was all pit bull bark and a yorkie bite. Yap yap.

By Sunday night, the weather forecasts were done from the regular desks and not from the “Severe Weather Centers.”

And Home Depot (and WalMart) was laughing all the way to the bank.


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