May 21, 2013

The Lovely Spring - A Dangerous Season

Dark clouds on the horizon, an ominous sign about a severe change coming...

First of all, let me express my feelings and, my heartache, for all the people, and the victims of the devastation after the tornado that hit Oklahoma, and it's suburban town Moore. My heart cries for them, and for the first time in my life, I went to bed, saying a prayer for a whole different community then my own... I stayed awake through the night, watching the live coverage on CNN and KOCO5/ABC. As I was watching it all earlier during our afternoon, I, a grown man, that is not easily moved to tears, cried, when I saw how it all was developing, and how incredibly horrific it was to be in the tornado's wake. Let us all pray for them and, that it is now all over - that they will not be hit once again by this incredible horrific power of nature...

Spring time is such a lovely season! As we all know, and at least in Norway, it's when everything wakes up to life again, after months of hibernation, and rest. The air turns soft. It's almost like you can taste it. Smells. Flowers. Heat. Long bright nights. Early blue sky mornings. Green! Happiness. It's a lovely season, when everything begins it's new cycle of life. But, it can also be a dangerous season - So. Very. Dangerous...

I do know that, for example in USA and on it's west coast, (as I live there partly through the year), when may month arrives, springtime has more or less come and gone. Winter and spring isn't the same as in Norway, of course not. But, in Norway, springtime stretches from end of April, til the end of may. It's not even uncommon that it snows here during the beginning of June. The last winters has been tough, and hard in Norway. Extreme cold for long periods of time, and so much snow. Summers haven't been all that either. But sometimes, like this season, we get slammed by a sudden heatwave, that stays with us for days and days. It's also normal that during this period of time, we get soaked by rain. Lots of it! Then the danger for us turns in. Norway is a rocky country. We have small towns, and villages outside the more larger urban cities, that are pinned between high steep mountains, waters, sea and rivers. High mountains, means snow. As it can easily keep below freezing there, the snow melts slowly as spring comes. But only until we get slammed by a heatwave - and lots of rain. Then it all comes down. Water from the melted snow. Rain. Everything comes at once. 

Where I live in Norway, the town is positioned in a little "pot". Surrounded by these typical steep mountains, and, having two rivers surrounding it, that meets up at the south end of the town, when spring heat comes, rivers grow high, and water comes up where ever it can. Meaning in the downtown area. Our mall's parking lot is mostly during this time of year, and a little later, an area where people use boats! Yes, you read correctly. Rubber dingies, canoe's, boats. Last year, people where swimming there! Ha! I can't help but giggle a little about it, because it's pretty funny. As long as no one gets hurt, that is. So far so good. Last year wasn't too bad. The heat didn't go on too long, and it wasn't as hot either - as it is this year. Last time we had the same spring weather as we do now, was two years ago. And that was a little different. I remember I was so tired! It was so hot, and it had been pouring down all night, so it was humid, and difficult to sleep. So, I tried sleeping in. Turned my cellphone ringer off, so I would make sure I wasn't disturbed as I tried to get some good rest. During the afternoon, I woke up by a woman screaming my name outside my bedroom window! "Wake Up"! I screamed back, "Nooo"! Ha ha! That's me... Typical. Then I was told to just get up, and look out my bedroom window. I did, and I never been out of bed that fast ever before, or even after that time. As I looked out, I saw this:

   


Well, it was actually a little worse, because the road down by my house was replaced by a strict streaming river. I took most of these pictures after the water had been successfully diverted, and lead away from the houses. The newer building you see, is my landlords place. The mud- and dirt slide actually stopped in his house' back wall, and because of that, the slide changed it's direction, and went down on the side, and continued by following the road by my house, and the crop fields just a little below us. We were very lucky! If my landlords house hadn't been strongly built, even though the slide gave it a massive jolt, and pushed it a little bit off it's foundation concrete walls, it most likely saved me, and the two other residents beside my house. Behind our area, are steep mountains. Quickly melting snow, and hard pouring rain, made the creek in the hills above our place grow so big, that it couldn't keep on the flowing water anymore. As a water up in the high mountains grew fast as well, and the water went over it's boundaries there, everything came down straight towards us! Grabbing bolder rocks, and dirt, sand and stones, as it came down the steep hills above. Later this same evening, we were evacuated. It kept on raining, and as the heatwave didn't cool down either, it was just too dangerous to stay put. I grabbed my R2D2-life size projector replica droid, (haha), some clothes and my sweet dog's stuff. And went to my parents for the night. Luckily, we didn't get more of the devastation at that time...

The mall parking lot, used mostly as a swimming pool and, water sports area at this time of year.
Masses of water coming up from the ground, on the main road to my home.
Wheeeeeeee!!!
One of the crop-fields, down by my house, after the water- and mudslide two years ago.
An other vise so lovely pavilion area down by one of our two rivers - when the river doesn't take it back, that is...
Water levels getting dangerously close to the bridge... (Yes, I do know about the bird poop on my windshield, ha!)

One of our waterfalls, two days ago - it's getting rough!
As I'm writing this, I took this two hours ago, while walking my little pooch - an old "camper" alone in a field - with ground water floating up on the field around it...

This is my neighbour's place. Also this is a picture I took on my dog walk, two hours ago. Lets just say that he has duck's swimming in his potato field...

As I'm writing this, today, Norway's main TV-channel's news crew (TV2 Norway), had live coverage from south of my town, where, as I mentioned earlier, our two rivers meet. They were there, because again, this year, as this other time two years ago, we are struck by a sudden extreme heat (95deg.), and rain - and there is, according to weather service, more rain to come. And the TV-channels news reporter, was standing in wader-pants, with water up to his crutch - where there normally is dry land. Our rivers are again rising with a ominous tempo! The snow in the mountains are again melting to fast... Let's pray our dangerous elements of the lovely spring season, treats us well this year. Because, even though spring time is a Lovely Season - it also can be oh so very dangerous...

Have a safe and wonderful week everyone!
Til next time



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