Looking toward the billowing clouds in the sky during the morning, one could almost imagine it was going to be a somewhat normal Wednesday.

All of that changed when you stepped outside and looked toward the trees swaying and bending and the water whipping across the lake.

Rarely sighted on this lake, the bufflehead chose a fine time for a visit, arriving on a day with a ten hour high wind warning.

As wind gusts reached 60 mph, the bufflehead spent the morning bobbing in the swirling water and, by days end,

the bufflehead realized he chose the wrong day to visit and the state would have over 800,000 without power, 4,000 downed power lines and no count for the toppled trees.  While we were lucky to be spared the loss of power or trees, the destruction was serious and many would be without power for a very cold weekend.