Woke up to some serious frost this morning, then realized it was also some snow! After the frost melted, actual snow remained:
Then later this morning we got some big fluffy flakes;
Love love love it.
Remember that thunderstorm I wrote about the other day? Someone even nearly got hit by lightning (about three miles away) and captured it on video. Since we live off the grid, we’re able to shut down our solar power system during big electrical events like that one. First you throw a big Frankenstein knife switch like this:
That disconnects the solar array from the system. Then there’s three other switches that separately disconnect the inverter from the batteries, the charge controller from the solar panels, and the charge controller from the batteries.
I mentioned that I saw Cosmit Peak getting hit. Today I heard about how some of the residents on Cosmit fared:
Ed & Mo – Lost their DirecTV cable box, television, and telephone.
Martin – Lost his charge controller and telephone.
Stevensons – Generator’s electronics got fried.
I haven’t heard how Kathleen or the McDonalds fared. The McDonalds would have been the closest to the strike by far.
So… I’m REALLY REALLY glad we shut down as the storm approached.
On September 5th we had a super powerful thunderstorm. The experience was borderline frightening. I’m a fan of a good thunderstorm, but I had never been this close to ground zero before. Pounding rain with huge winds lashing it angrily at all sides of the house. We shut off our power to protect the inverter. Good thing, too, as lightning strikes were all around us. One hit Cosmit Peak. Another hit Poco Montana. (These are each about 1/2 mile away.) Another cloud-to-cloud one crashed right overhead. Rattled the windows. I could feel the pressure wave, and the thunder was so loud I felt it go straight through my heart. I kept to the interior of the house, away from all things metal.
The remnants made for a spectacular sunset later.