The Santa Ana winds started blowing Wednesday evening (November 30) while I was announcing D. West’s selection for the Rotsler Award. I should have recognized it as an omen.
By morning we’d lost electricity, a small tree had tilted onto Diana’s car, and the tree beside it would have needed only a little encouragement to follow the example. Fortunately we were able to free car with the help of a passerby (our retired postman) and it suffered no damage. Can’t say the same for the tree.
Throughout the region power was down and hundreds of trees shattered — 400 on Pasadena city streets alone, hundreds more in South Pasadena and Arcadia. We have high-intensity windstorms a couple of times a year and they usually take out a few trees — never anything on this order of damage. Lynn Maudlin, who has lived in Altadena for a few decades, says she went through an even more damaging windstorm in the 1980s. But it’s certainly the worst since Diana and I moved to Monrovia in 1998.
Electricity came back on Friday morning (December 2). Because our home computer network had been out of whack before the storm, it took some time to get that fully functional again, as it now seems to be thanks to Diana. And I will soon I will be posting news again.