Buttermilk and Blood (Part 1): “I’ll Kill the First Man Who Touches This Engine” - The blue dot at the bottom of the map below, showing Fort Worth in 1890, marks where the tracks of the Fort Worth & New Orleans railroad and the tracks of ...
Wednesday, February 2, 2011
A few seconds after that I realized the power was out.
Having no power, in the dark, when it is 11 degrees out makes for an interesting morning.
I figured the power would quickly come back on.
After an hour and a half of getting ever more cold I called ONCOR.
That was encouraging. A busy signal indicated to me that this must be a REAL big problem.
When the sun finally arrived to provide me some illumination I found my propane camp stove, a teapot and some green tea.
I was suffering though a cup of green tea when the power came back on. I am now suffering through a cup of hot coffee.
After I was finally able to re-connect with the outside world I looked at the Fort Worth Star-Telegram and learned that the entire state of Texas is having a power emergency. With rolling blackouts, or "Planned power outage" as the Star-Telegram put it in the screen cap below.
Apparently the cold and the lack of wind has brought wind power generation to a halt in West Texas.
An ONCOR spokesperson told KXAS Channel 5 that the emergency measures were instituted shortly before 6 am in North Texas.
Great. My neighborhood got blacked out in the first wave.
The spokeswoman also said ONCOR was selecting feeders to go out for 15 minutes at a time.
I don't know what a feeder is, but, what ever feeds me electricity went out for over an hour and a half.
I am really ready for an end of the Global Warming problem.