Weather – 52 Weeks of Personal Genealogy & History
December 6th, 2011 by Jessica

Week #18 – Weather – Do you have any memorable weather memories from your childhood? How did your family cope and pass the time with adverse weather? When faced with bad weather in the present day, what do you do when you’re stuck at home?

DaD uses an ice pick on the Mustang in April 1976

DaD uses an ice pick on the Mustang in April 1976

Ice, snow, sleet, hail, severe thunderstorms, floods…  We lived through it all in central Michigan. We had several major storms every year where we lived.

The major memorable weather events for me were:

  • Lightening Strikes – I was staying at our neighbor Chris’ house because my sister dislocated her shoulder on my birthday.  I think it was around 1984 or 1985; I was about 6-7 years old.  I was upstairs in a bedroom alone, terrified of the thunderstorm, when lightening struck the roof of the house next door right outside my window, about 15 feet from the bed I was sleeping in.  The neighbors were not home but their car was still in the garage, and the alarm started up due to the jolt of the lightening.  That damn car alarm didn’t go off for hours until the battery in the car died.  Not only did I get the scare of my lifetime, but the rest of the night was spent trying to cover my ears with pillows and blankets.
  • Saginaw’s Flood of 1986 – I wrote about it in a recent post under Natural Disasters.
  • Flood after flood after flood – Our basement was never dry.  Never.  It flooded practically on an annual basis.  No box, no book, no memory was safe down there.  The sub pump my DaD installed helped a little bit, but it still flooded all the time.
  • Missing Duane Cole’s Funeral – A freak snowstorm wouldn’t allow me to drive safely to Indiana, so I missed my Grandpa Cole’s funeral in December 1994.  My DaD drove down there when he heard the news, and I had stayed behind to finish final exams at school.  By the time exams were over, it was no longer safe for me to drive down there.  I regret it to this day.

Weather is the reason I left Michigan for Arizona.  I went from a four-letter environment (SNOW, COLD) to a three-letter one (HOT, DRY).  Living in the desert definitely has its disadvantages, but at least our cars don’t rust out as quickly.

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