Posted by Neville | Posted in Weather | Posted on 14-06-2012
Stormy Weather Forecast
Last night we had a phone call from Joe (who we first met about 6 months ago at a Happy Hour session) to alert us to the forecast of stormy weather that was heading our way.
I think Joe was reminded of the incident of when our awning was partly blown over the top of our caravan. It was great to hear from him, especially as he reminded me that I could check the progress of the storm using the radar images provided by the Bureau of Meteorology (BOM).
This particular storm was forecast to arrive in about an hour so we had to make the decision to leave the annexe up or take it down. Since we have the van sited so that the side of the van would be facing the wind, and experience at Christies Beach and McLaren Vale in strong winds showed that the annexe can take quite a battering, we decided to just batten down and ride out the storm.
That decision turned out to be right in this situation. All flaps were closed, the guy ropes and pegs checked to make sure that they were holding. The annexe door was zipped up. The annexe took all that the winds could throw at it, and held firm. The only adjustments that had to made today were to fix the awning ends back into the anti-flap devices, and tighten the guy ropes.
A quick look around the park last night saw everyone who had just an awning (no annexe), had rolled up their awnings. The only van that had an annexe erected, like us chose to leave it up, and they too did not seem to suffer any consequences from that decision.
It was, however, a little concerning to hear the sound of the canvas sides and the awning roof flapping in the strong winds, with the support poles creaking and groaning as the force of the wind battered the walls and roof. The occasional rocking of the van in the sudden gusts also did not fill us with confidence, but everything turned out fine.
Next time, we might make a different decision. Better to be safe than sorry. I guess it’s a matter of judging the circumstances, and not becoming over confident in what the van and annexe can take in the way of battering from stormy conditions, and taking note of the prevailing direction of the winds.