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Mother Nature Keeping Us Awake

Published February 20, 2014 10:31 AM by Penny Mehaffey

I missed my blog deadline last week due to the crazy weather.

We are accustomed to weird weather phenomena in the garden city. Augusta, Ga., seems to have her own personal climate system at work. Last week we prepared for winter storm Pax to cross us. He did and apparently was bitter about it.  

On Wednesday and Thursday we had wind and ice which brought down numerous trees and left much of the state without any utilities. A pine tree fell on my mother's home splitting it in half. Thank God no one was hurt. Friday was gray, gloomy and cold. Saturday came with a warm, sunny 60 degree temp. It was heaven. 

Oh by the way, did I mention that we had an earthquake on Friday night?  Yep, a 4.2 with the epicenter about 45 miles from my home. Sunday was even more beautiful and warm with a light breeze. Ollie, my little shihtzababy, and I sat on the patio trying to recover from the craziness of the week and then in the afternoon we had an aftershock that was a 2.1. Really? You kind of have to laugh because it's so bizarre.   

On sadder note from the Augusta National, the Eisenhower Tree has been lost due to the damage it suffered during the storm. The Eisenhower Tree is a famous landmark at the 17th hole.  t was believed to be 100 to 120 years old. The former president was known for hitting into the tree and at one point proposed having it cut down. He was voted down and the tree had continued to guard the fourth par until now.

As a native Augustan I feel I can honestly say "only in Augusta"... ice storms and blooming camellias with earthquakes and falling trees all in the same week. Is there no end to Mother Nature ‘s frivolity?



posted by Penny Mehaffey


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