Funny Weather in Longbranch, Tornado warnings, Raising a Pint for Oktoberfest

The maple trees along our gravel road is starting to blush the color of fall as we rode the weather roller coaster Saturday.
The maple trees along our gravel road is starting to blush the color of fall as we rode the weather roller coaster Saturday.
One moment the sun is out, the next we are pelted with rain. Expect more rain the rest of next week, say the weather geeks.
One moment the sun is out, the next we are pelted with rain. Expect more rain the rest of next week, say the weather geeks.

Our weather Saturday was strange and unpredictable. One moment the sun was out, the next we get a gust of wind and falling rain.

My lovely bride and I started the day thinking we would take the goofy golden doodle out for a walk on the beach. The sun was out then. I loaded everybody into the truck and we headed out to Allyn.

By the time we finished our crabby omelet and basket of clam strips at Lennard K’s Boat House, Case Inlet was an ornery swirl of wind and rain.

“The weather is strange today,” said my lovely bride.

It sure is my dear. But not as strange as the rest of the county.

The News Tribune reported that a funnel-shaped cloud touched down near Anderson Island Saturday prompting the National Weather Service to issue an emergency tornado warning for Pierce County.

Eerie occurrence to be sure.

Golfers in Dupont watched in amazement to a scene one of them said he’d only seen on the silver screen, according to The News Tribune report.

For more of the story and pictures, go here http://www.thenewstribune.com/2014/10/11/3426967_tornado-warning-issued-saturday.html?sp=/99/289/&rh=1

We enjoyed this past week's weather: early morning mist, the sun breaking through later in the day, and a bright curious moon streaming its light into our bedroom.
We enjoyed this past week’s weather: early morning mist, the sun breaking through later in the day, and a bright curious moon streaming its light into our bedroom. Kaukiki Farm at sundown getting tucked in with a blanket of mist earlier this week.

Today may bring more sunshine, say the weather geeks. It is currently 54 degrees and our high for the day will not go north of 60. But it will be mostly sunny.

“But then the celestial spigots will turn on,” writes Cliff Mass, the weather super geek, on his blog.

The forecast for next week calls for rain. Lots of it, so say the forecasts.

Oh well.

We can still toast Oktoberfest with our favorite brew as we listen to the rhythm of the falling rain. But exactly when and how did we come to celebrating Oktoberfest?

According to history.com, this tradition was started this day in 1810.

Bavarian Crown Prince Louis, later King Louis I of Bavaria, marries Princess Therese von Sachsen-Hildburghausen. The Bavarian royalty invited the citizens of Munich to attend the festivities, held on the fields in front of the city gates. These famous public fields were named Theresienwiese—”Therese’s fields”—in honor of the crown princess; although locals have since abbreviated the name simply to the “Wies’n.” Horse races in the presence of the royal family concluded the popular event, celebrated in varying forms all across Bavaria.

The decision to repeat the festivities and the horse races in the subsequent year gave rise to the tradition of the annual Oktoberfest, which now begins in late September and lasts until the first Sunday in October. Alcohol consumption is an important part of the modern festival, and more than 1 million gallons of beer are consumed annually at Oktoberfest.

Now we know.

Good morning Longbranch.

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