The North Wind and the Sun were disputing which was the stronger, when a traveler came along wrapped in a cloak. They agreed that the one who first succeeded in making the traveler take his cloak off should be considered stronger than the other. Then the North Wind blew as hard as he could, but the more he blew the more closely did the traveler fold his cloak around him; and at last the North Wind gave up the attempt. Then the Sun shined out warmly, and immediately the traveler took off his cloak. And so the North Wind was obliged to confess that the Sun was the stronger of the two.
That is an Aesop’s fable entitled “the North Wind and the Sun,” OR, as it’s better known, “District of Columbia weather: July 24-25, 2010.” Sure it wasn’t a cold wind, but you can’t tell me the forces didn’t battle it out this weekend. On Saturday, heat indices reached 110 (including humidity), making it too hot for even the goddamn pool. I stayed inside, all of us did, only venturing out to go to Target, which, UPSIDE, was empty. SPY overspent on supplies. Then Sunday, this happened:
Oh, the wind and rain. To be honest, I missed the thunderstorm. I was in Charm City seeing Inception in IMAX (loved it). However, let’s just say after spending 2.5 hours watching a movie that tested the line between dreams and reality, leaving DC while it was sunny and returning to see all traffic lights out, massive trees felled, and debris everywhere along 16th street was… alarming. I wished I had a totem.
When it was all said and done, the Post reported that winds reached 60 mph, uprooting trees, roofs and leaving much of the DC area in darkness yesterday. 2 people died. Power was cut out to a WSSC plant that supplies 70% of the water for Montgomery and Prince George’s counties. PEPCO is still working around the clock to fix the damage. Today, according to DCist, there are 240,000 outages in PEPCO’s service area, traffic lights remain out, Montgomery and PG counties are on water restrictions, and metro stations are operating on backup generators.
PEPCO has advised people to call 1-877-PEPCO62 if you are still without power. With such a staggering amount of damage inflicted in such a brief amount of time, it seems, this time at least, the the wind has won.
**Oh, and do you know what the moral of the actual Aesop’s fable is?**