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January 01, 2006
Comes a Chinook...
Filed in: Current Affairs

Usually, sometime in late November or early December, they start.

The winds, I mean.

I know they aren't unique to this place, but maybe the way they work here is. See, we have this little pass (I call it the little pass, because we are in this valley here and it is up the steep hill on the interstate and it has weather that's like a mountain pass, the one we have, oh, twenty miles east, but this one is close and I can't just call it the pass because no one will know which one I mean) west of us here, and when it comes to winter, I've seen, well, we've all seen some unique weather.

There are times when west of the little pass it will be raining, and it will be raining right up to the top of it. Then right there across the interstate will be a line, maybe it's right at the apex of the little pass, maybe it's one hundred yards east, what there will be is a line of snow. Sudden like. Six inches deep. Rain before it, then the snow starts. You want to be ready for that.

You don't see that the other way. I mean, you won't see rain to the east, and then a snow line west bound. In that way it's like a one-way gate. Heading east.

I can't remember now if the chinooks come every year. My mind doesn't see back there so well anymore. I don't know. Hell, I can remember seeing a child's toy floating down the gutter on my street when I was two, but I can't remember if the chinooks come every year, or which ones they've come. Except for that one.

This year the chinooks started up in late November. It was twenty-one degrees outside. When a forty degree chinook blows, it feels right balmy. I don't know how it works. The cold air is here and to the west. The chinook probably comes from the south but we feel it here from the east - and it pushes against the cold air to the west. The chinooks can bring sixty to seventy mile per hour gusts. The battle lines are drawn. Cold and warm do battle back and forth every few days. Sometimes off and on for more than a month.

When they came this November, the house made noises. Familiar noises. Too familiar. Were those footsteps in the kitchen? Intellectually, I know that it's the wind. But it sounds just like she is in there cooking. Later, while I sat downstairs, I could hear footfalls upstairs. Like they were looking for something. I know it's not possible. But, when the winds blow solid for three or four days and every few minutes I hear her moving around the house it's overwhelming. Sometimes I feel like I can almost see her. Sometimes I think she'll just step out of the shadows and ask me if she can make me something. Sometimes it feels like her breath caresses my cheek just as I fall asleep. The winds. The winds.

This year, they were most intense on Christmas Eve. I could hardly believe that the house could stand the forces against it. I checked the outbuildings several times just to see if they continued to stand. Hour by hour the chinook intensified. Late that evening, it was given a voice. At first I thought, it was saying "Ooohhhhh, Ohhhhh!", but as I listened more closely, she said "Goooooooo!! Goooooooo!!". I shook it off. It's not possible. The longer I resisted, the louder it became. Louder until it reached a shout: "Gooooooooo!". I really had no choice.


911 Operator: 911 operator. What is your emergency?

Caller: Mae, it's David. I've got a single car accident here at milepost twenty-six. One occupant. She's female, about thirty-five. She's unconscious but breathing OK. Please have them hurry, it's very cold.

911 Operator: Hang on there sir. I've dispatched an aid car. They should be there in about five.


Volunteer fireman #1: What weird conditions.

Volunteer fireman #2: I know - this only occurs when we get a chinook. The warm air pushes up the hill - it's about forty degrees and pretty moist. The air on the hill in the 'teens or low twenties can't hold the moisture, so right along the line where the temperature drops the water vapor in the air just falls out in a billion little tiny pieces of ice. The crystals are completely invisible.

"I couldn't believe how slick it was."

"It's like riding on a billion little ball bearings."

"Strange how that guy was holding her. He wasn't crying her name was he?"

"No. It's really uncanny. Every year, most every time there is an accident eastbound coming down the hill he gets there right after the accident happens. Every time we are dispatched, he's already there - he's pulled people from burning vehicles, kept some from freezing to death, saved some lives with CPR. He's a regular good Samaritan."

"And every time..."

"Yep. Every time we get there, he's holding someone and weeping, and he's crying 'Nani, Nani, oh, Nani' over and over again."

"Well, who's Nani?"

"His wife. She died on Christmas Eve twelve years ago, right up there. During a chinook wind 'bout like we're having tonight."

(Note: This story is given in memory of my sister-in-law who collapsed on Christmas Eve, never regained consciousness, and died early in the morning the day after Christmas. No one was able to say goodbye. Strangely, I started this story on my trip back east before Christmas, unaware of the impending course of events. We'll all miss you dearest Nani. Rest in Peace.)

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Dearest MC, Your story is lovely and I am so sorry about your sister in law. Losing someone is bad enough, but Christmas makes it especially painful.

Posted by: gail at Jan 2, 2006 2:12:31 PM

Oh MC. I'm so sorry...

*rubbing goosebumps from my arms*.


Posted by: Pie Shell at Jan 2, 2006 4:36:42 PM

Mac, I'm so sorry that you all didn't get to say good bye. That it was so sudden. Keep your eyes open. She'll let someone know that she's okay. You probably already know that. Beautiful story.

Posted by: Ana at Jan 2, 2006 5:54:14 PM

MC, I love the story. So sad, but beautiful. I'm so sorry for the awful loss. Praying for you and your family.

Posted by: Julie at Jan 2, 2006 6:19:10 PM

Thanks for sharing, Mac. God bless and keep you and yours.

Posted by: JWebb at Jan 2, 2006 9:10:13 PM

That's what makes life so precious, Mac. Knowing that it can be taken away in an instant, with no warning, and no chance to say goodbye. God bless, and don't forget to tell those you care about that you love them.

Posted by: CraigC at Jan 2, 2006 9:15:30 PM

That was a lovely tribute.

Posted by: dorkafork at Jan 2, 2006 11:39:40 PM

I'm sorry about your sil, Mac. I'll say a prayer for the family.

Posted by: Carin at Jan 3, 2006 10:31:53 AM

Thank you dear Mrs. Hapke and all you wonderful Scribalists for the kind thoughts and support. All of you mean so very much to me!

Posted by: MC at Jan 3, 2006 3:39:08 PM

Spooky story, Mac. I like it. I lost my brother on Dec 30 three years ago. I sympathize with that whole holiday-loss-without-being-able-to-say-goodbye story line.

Posted by: jan at Jan 3, 2006 6:50:30 PM

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