Batten Down the Hatches

My wonderful family amuses me when it comes to the weather, more precisely my California relatives. They have a curiosity about Oklahoma weather mingled with a bit of fear. I usually find out about possible storms in our area from them before I hear a local weather report. Mind you, I’m not complaining and I certainly appreciate the love and concern. I suppose as I reflect that I was a bit of the same way when I still lived in CA. I use to worry about my Oklahoma relatives when I would hear tornado reports.

It looks like parts of OK may have to batten down the hatches this weekend. I realize this is more of a nautical term, but I like the way it sounds and I remember hearing the phrase often as a child. We had a very mild winter and an early spring with temps in the 80’s in March, cooling back down in April. Today’s high is predicted to reach 82 after a very cool start. I’ve been in and out several times today and it feels weird. It has already changed from overcast to sunny, from windy to calm and now back to windy and some humidity mixed in.

I am Oklahoma born and lived here until around 1960 when my mom and I moved to CA where I lived for almost 45 years. There was a lot I loved about California, but I can say it feels so good to be home. I can’t really explain why I feel this way after so many years in CA, but I knew I wanted to be here again permanently after attending a family reunion in 2004. Retirement was just the ticket we needed for us to make the change.

Make no mistake, the weather is definitely different here in OK. I believe it was the second year after moving back that it was raining harder than Larry and I had ever seen it rain. The thunder, lightening and the sheer force of the rain was astounding. It was around three in the morning and we went outside to the patio taking it all in, absolutely awe-struck. Talk about a mixture of fear and excitement!!

We have experienced some phenomenal weather since moving here. Record snowstorms, an ice storm, record rainfall and now we have also experienced more earthquakes than we ever did in CA. Go figure…..I thought we left those behind.

One of our neighbors blames all the unusual weather on us, more specifically Larry and says it is because of “California Larry”. So, Steve…my relatives from California called to say “looks like we’re in for some stormy weather”, better batten down the hatches. 🙂

When the sky turns grayish-green and it becomes eerily still, you can be sure this kid will be looking for shelter.

God is our refuge and strength,
an ever-present help in trouble.
Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way
and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea,
though its waters roar and foam
and the mountains quake with their surging.
Ps 46:1-3

1 comment for “Batten Down the Hatches

  1. Robin
    April 16, 2012 at 8:53 am

    I am always fascinated by our weather, Janice. I was in a tornado in 1989 where my house was struck and we were trapped in our cellar until people dug us out. I remember the sheer power of the wind and the desperation and chaos my mother experienced rushing us all to the hidey hole. Those were my childhood memories.

    This weekend I was awe-struck again, but for a much different reason. Instead of being enamored by the wind and chaos, the display of God’s power and mercy washed over me like a comforting soft blanket.

    My how perceptions change!! 🙂

    I grew up in OK and we spent many nights in the cellar. Very scary stuff for a kid. I remember being stung by a scorpion on one visit to the hidey hole and I also singed the hair of a neighbor girl (accidentally) when I was allowed to hold a candle. I agree with you; I too am always in awe of God’s power, especially during storms.
    (Sorry it took me so long to respond)

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