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Greg HallstromPosted at 12:19h, 25 July
1976. No snow at Christmas and the ground was so dry we picked rocks then because it couldn’t freeze.
AmyPosted at 12:56h, 25 July
2010, hail storm fury
Everette WoodPosted at 15:38h, 25 July
1980 “a hot,dry summer”
HaroldPosted at 16:17h, 25 July
2008 wheat all on the ground from to much rain
AnnPosted at 19:08h, 25 July
The blizzard of 1993 in Atlanta. Very strange!
Jack RutledgePosted at 20:59h, 25 July
My greatest weather event has nothing to do with the wheat harvest.
It was the great snowstorm of January 1967 that hit the Chicago area. I was a US Navy Hospital Corpsman stationed at US Naval Hospital in Great Lakes. The Vietnam War was raging and we had a steady flow of Marine/Navy causalities into the hospital. All of the transportation stopped as Mother Nature dropped 23 inches of snow on the area as the temperature went down to 20 below and the winds picked up to 40 mph.
Nothing moved. People were stranded the interstates, expressways and in office buildings. Even emergency vehicles had difficulty traversing the roads. At the time not many snowmobiles were available and heavy equipment was used to breach a path trough the snow.
After a short time our patients coming in from the war simply stopped. They began backing up all the way to Da Nang and the Philippines’ as no flights were coming into Glenview Naval Air Station. Eventually, Mayor Daily of Chicago sent snow removal equipment from O’Hare Airport to help open a runway at Glenview.
I was assigned escort duty on one of the first buses from Great Lakes to make it to Glenview. Normally, it only took 45 min., but that day it was almost three hours. Needless to say the trip home was harrowing. Patients were screaming and writhing in pain as the bus lurched it’s way back to Great Lakes. During the unload process the ramp up to the aircraft became slippery with packed snow. Several patients almost fell from their litters.
My patient was badly wounded in the head. As Senior Corpsman in Neurosurgery, we prepped him for surgery shortly after our arrival at Great Lakes. What followed for us was about five days of non-stop work. But, as bad as it may have seemed for us, our thoughts were with those boys who had given so much for our country.
My patient endured 14 hours of surgery that first night and countless other surgeries and procedures but eventually lost his fight for life several months later.
I doubt that any one of us who experienced that blizzard will ever forget it. And as sad as it was for some of us, there were just as many stories of people helping each other. Nature has a way of bringing us all together.
Darl DeedsPosted at 07:22h, 26 July
This year has been my most memorable farming year. Its the first time in 50 years of farming that I had to replant corn. The spring has been extemely wet and extremely dry with nothing normal, whatever that is.
All AboardPosted at 09:28h, 28 July
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Ed HaightPosted at 07:57h, 26 July
1991 Ice storm. Closed everything down for days. Some without power for almost 2 weeks
JoPosted at 08:24h, 26 July
This year with the surprising wheat crop and now extreme heat with no expectation for a fall crop. Also trying to explain to my grown children that it has been this hot before, they don’t remember the last time, as they were pre- schoolers in the 80’s , and then I remember the 50’s and both times we had no air conditioning, but we survived. They only difference is that back then ,they couldn’t forcast the temps days in advance. That makes our minds that much more depressed and feel the lack of hope.
Colleen HashmanPosted at 10:40h, 26 July
Labor Day 2008. Huge hail storm that came at just the right angle that it hit all of our pivots in a 25 mile radius.
MaryPosted at 11:20h, 26 July
February 1977, the first month we lived in Eastern Colorado a great big blizzard came through that knocked out the electricity for 10 days, drifts up past roofs and closing roads…what a welcome!
That summer the wheat was tall, lush and beautiful.
Bobby HansenPosted at 19:41h, 26 July
summer 92 record rainfall on the Texas Gulf Coast
Stephen VercherPosted at 00:16h, 27 July
My most memorable (and life changing) weather event happened in early September 2008. That’s when Hurricane Ike made landfall on the upper Texas Gulf Coast just a few short miles from our home. We were fortunate to only sustain roof damage to the house but we lost many of our shade and fruit trees. Many friends and neighbors weren’t so fortunate and suffered total devastation of their homes, businesses, crops, and livestock. Ever since then, I cringe at the mere mention of Hurricane Season!
All AboardPosted at 09:25h, 28 July
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