Before moving to Oklahoma I didn't even know what a "gust front" was. In case you don't know either, Wikipedia defines it as:
"An outflow boundary, also known as a gust front, is a storm-scale or mesoscale boundary separating thunderstorm-cooled air (outflow) from the surrounding air; similar in effect to a cold front, with passage marked by a wind shift and usually a drop in temperature and a related pressure jump."
Sunday, although we didn't get any rain from it, we had a big gust front blow through that violently shook the trees we see out the front windows. The dogs began barking frantically and ran over to the corner of the yard; our Anatolian/Pyrenees LGD Rosie was barking and baying from her pen too. Hubby went out to investigate and found this:
This tree in a corner of the goat yard has been dead for a couple of years, and I was wondering how we'd get it down without it hitting the old goat shed in the photos, the new goat shed, or the fence. I don't have to wonder any more. Of the three, the fence is the most easily and cheaply fixed, so I guess that's a good thing.
I think the only thing that kept it from totally smashing the wire fence was the wooden pallet I used as a fence between the buck pen and the does' yard. My buck had occasionally been able to get through the wire fencing in that spot, so I augmented it with the pallet. It was strong enough to keep the fallen tree from completely taking out the fence, with some damage to the pallet though.
It missed the old shed by inches.
I don't have a buck at the moment so I don't have to worry about the fencing behind the shed, but you can imagine that the does could easily hop on top of that fallen trunk and walk along it to freedom - or even to the roof of the old shed which I'm sure wouldn't hold their weight!
The goat yard has a strange fencing configuration - a small, older pen within their newer larger yard - so I just shut the gate to the smaller pen where the tree is to keep them out of trouble. They have the new shed for shelter from the coming week's rain. After the storms we can get the chainsaw out and take care of the tree trunk as well as fix the fence.
We haven't had "real" thunderstorms for a couple of years, and we used to lose an average of one tree per year to storms but haven't since the mimosa tree was struck by lightning. Evidently it's back to normal around here now.
Do you like thunderstorms or hate them?
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