The Weather Trolls

Yesterday, the media was filled with dire warnings of yet another huge wind and snow storm coming our way.  The city had snow equipment ready.  Massive mountains of sand were piled near the freeway underpasses.  People were swamping the stores, stocking up on provisions. Kids were digging out their sleds and mittens. We had finally learned our lesson after the last couple of storms.  The formerly mild-weathered Seattle wasn’t about to be caught unaware again. 

I didn’t participate in the getting-ready-for- the-storm madness.  I knew that it wasn’t going to be a big deal. I knew this because my parents had left the region.  Yes, it’s true, I’ve finally come to the realization that my parents are Weather Trolls. 


You wouldn’t know it just by looking at them.  If you went strictly by appearances, they look like fine, upstanding citizens.  But a quick read of any fairy tale (or even just watching Shreck) will let you know that looks can be deceiving. 

They weren’t like this when I was growing up.  (Although, now that I think of it, they may have been the cause of some of those California earthquakes…)  I think something happened to them when they became full-time RVers.  Maybe some evil sorcerer cast an evil spell on them.  Anyways, wherever they go, bad weather seems to follow.  They’ve caused ice storms both here and at my baby brother’s house in South Carolina.  And strange weather everywhere in-between. 

The key evidence that finally confirmed my suspicions was that our weather was fine until they came in November.  We immediately had a highly unusual snowstorm.  A few weeks later we had a monstrous windstorm that blew down trees and power lines leaving the entire region without power for a week.  As soon as they left, the clouds parted and out came the sun.  (Pretty rare here this time of year) 

Shortly after my folks rolled into their spot in Arizona, there was a freak windstorm.  It was so bad that the highways were closed and…half the power was knocked out in the town. 

Mere coincidence you say?  I think not… 

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15 Responses to The Weather Trolls

  1. Tink says:

    It’s probably because of your Dad’s awesome (and slightly bewitching) mustache. 😉

    If they could just harness that power… I would invite them over to blow down work.

  2. Lynne says:

    I totally can relate to people vs weather. I myself, as I have stated in my blog, am a weather godess. You want snow? I leave the state I lived in for over 30 years and they have the worst snowfall on record. Where I moved to (New Jersey) it’s been the warmest winter EVER on record.

    In these bizarre cases, there is no such thing as coincidence.

    All I can say is I hope your parents and I don’t ever meet in the same place. The world could really be in deep trouble. [They look like great people by the way!]

  3. Jay says:

    Do they file a travel itinerary with you? Because if they do you might consider warning any of your blog friends that they are coming.

  4. Chelle P. says:

    Remind us not to visit on the same weekend they’re in town!

  5. Kell says:

    But they’re so cute! But it seems to be a better indicator than my mom’s shoulder. I usually rely on that for rain forcasts.

  6. Barbara says:

    I have a great friend that lives just outside of Seattle and she said the very same thing in her blog…

  7. Freakazojd says:

    Your parents look like people I’d love to meet. I hope that makes sense. It totally does in my head, but it looks weird when I read it…
    My grandfather had a moustache just like that many moons ago. Unfortunately, one day (when I was a baby) he had me on his lap, and I took a firm hold of each end of his finely groomed ‘stache and pulled. My mom said he didn’t say anything (his face said it all), but the next time we went for a visit he’d shaved it off. Poor gramps! 🙂

  8. Shaun says:

    Wow, I never thought I’d hear someone say my father-in-law was cute. Scary, yes. Cute — never! 🙂

  9. Coffespaz says:

    🙂 I have to agree that the secret lies in that wonderful mustache. Perhaps further investigation is warranted? In the meantime, please make sure to post a travel itinerary so that we can stay away, or run from, any are where they will be located. 😉

  10. Becca says:

    I like Jay’s idea, let us know where they are traveling. And try to keep them out of Minnesota – we’re having a fabulous winter so far.

  11. mjd says:

    Your parents are The Weather Trolls? Are they planning a trip to Indiana? We have had a mild winter so far; however, some bad weather is reportedly on its way. Drats!!!

  12. susan says:

    Hi Susan, its the Other Susan here!
    Thanks for visiting my OTHER blog. Likewise, I feel the same about this blog og yours. I love the family stories and photos. You do have a way with words. I will be back. Your neighbour to the north.

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