Freak Storm That I Missed

Captain’s Log   5,911

Friend Sally and I went to the movies yesterday afternoon to escape the heat.  I closed the administrative offices early because of the heat (about 103-104 in the offices).  

Sally and I didn’t care what we saw, we just wanted air conditioning.  

We saw a truly horrible movie that was such a rip off on the life of Elvis it wasn’t even funny – especially about the whole twin thing.  One twin became an Elvis-like superstar and the other twin was the impersonator.  Naturally, they did not know each other existed because they had been separated at birth.  One of those plot twists that fell flat.  


Truly stupid movie.  Critics gave it 5% on a 100% scale.  I think they do that as a courtesy for just having the film screening somewhere.  But….it was nice and cool and the seats reclined.  It was a lovely break from the heat.

Little did we know that while we were watching this train wreck of film, a freak storm came out of nowhere and pounded the living poop out of part of San Diego.  Part of eastern San Diego had been pummeled earlier in the day.  And then…..this.

The worst of the damage was basically my neighborhood.  I live about a mile from a small regional airport that suffered heavy property losses.  Fortunately, nobody was hurt.

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This plane was torn from its mooring line and tossed over the fence onto two parked cars.  How do you explain THAT one to your agent?

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This plane was tossed upside down after it tore free from its mooring line.  A total of six planes were considered a total loss.  Several buildings were destroyed.  One of my favorite restaurants at the airfield had all of its windows smashed and part of the roof blown off.  

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Lightning struck some palm trees.  I have never seen this happen before and I have lived in San Diego for 23 years now.  Freaky shit.

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No idea how many eucalyptus went down yesterday.  They can fall down if you just look at them, so you can imagine what a 75-mile wind can do.

I came home and my only damage was some wet carpeting in my office and guest room.  Since this was not expected or predicted, I left those windows open a bit like I do every day.  My friend who lives downtown (about 6 miles from here) said they didn’t get one gust of wind or one drop of rain.  This was a curious storm that dropped out of the sky and slapped a very small area upside the head.  

I lost power twice.  In between power failures, I watched as much news as I could.  I don’t believe anyone was injured.  Truly amazing.  Friend Pam called and said her next door neighbors had an enormous tree fall across their driveway and onto a van.  People had been outside near that tree just a few minutes before it went down.  But this storm came on so quickly that people ran for cover.  Good thing.

Sally and I had discussed the fact that the public libraries were completely filled with people trying to escape the heat.  Had we gone to my local library, we would have been right across the street from the airport where those planes were destroyed.  That would have been more adventure than I need right now.


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17 responses to “Freak Storm That I Missed

  1. susanna

    It was truly weird. In San Carlos (on my block anyway) we were plummeted with huge rain drops and wind for about 10 minutes. It was a perfect amount but any more would have been wasted as the ground is not absorbent. We were lucky.

  2. poundheadhere

    I’m glad at least that it was short lived. Imagine getting slammed by a full-fledged hurricane where those winds kept pounding a large area for hours and hours!

  3. Sounds like Indiana weather. South Bend is in a valley so most of the time, tornadoes go over and don’t touch down….but the wind storms can be horrific. I remember one hail storm a few years ago that lasted about 5 minutes and I had claims to handle for months as a result. Glad you are Ok.

  4. goatbarnwitch

    Wow, I’m glad no one was hurt. That’s crazy

  5. We had thunder to the east of us out of black skies. We had thunder to the north of us. We had thunder to the south of us. We had some tiny sprinkles.

  6. Patty O'

    Stupid Mexican hurricane! What a mess. NOT ONE DROP OF RAIN here in La Mesa either. But Rancho San Diego, North Park, Clairemont, and Mission Beach all got pasted. Locals all know how distant those spots are from one another. It wasn’t a “storm”; it was all small “storm cells”, and they really caused chaos. Ironic for an area that is so desperate for rain. I hope the 94th Aero Squadron will be OK. I haven’t been there for YEARS but it was a fun place to go.

  7. joanie

    Geez, I didn’t see any of that here in Santee. I was so surprized when I came out of Ross and it had rained! It WAS 108 degrees tho.

  8. We have experienced that kind of storm around here. (Including a tornado that tore up a whole neighborhood and wasn’t even noticed five miles away.)

    I hate to think that our crazy New England weather will travel to the southwest — part of the overall climate change? At least you are okay. That’s the good part.

  9. maryz

    Crazy weather! Glad you and yours are okay.

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