July through September, 2008

In early June and late July we had power failures lasting about 5 hours. The July failure happened a few minutes after this picture was taken. In one day, two fast moving, violent storms swept over Bozeman and into the canyon, bringing lightning, hail, rain and 85MPH winds. Topsoil Steve had spread on a steep slope washed away in places where water drains from the driveway, but no corrective action was needed. We have one phone that operates off the 48v of the phone line, so could still place and receive calls. Our propane fireplaces operate automatically without power, so the house would be heated in Winter. One inconvenience we have that city dwellers do not: the well pumps do not work so we do not have water.