As Hurricane Harvey made landfall Friday night north of Corpus Christi, Texas, veteran storm chaser Jeff Piotrowski started a live Periscope video feed as the madness of landfall was taking place.
— Charles Roop (@CharlesRoopWCTV) August 26, 2017
He hid his vehicle in a car wash in Rockport, where radar scans showed the eye wall rocking the town with category-four, hurricane-force winds. There were pieces of roof flying around, and other structures failing in Harvey’s howling, unforgiving winds. But there was something I noticed but didn’t think much of at the time of the feed: Standing in front of him was a blue shed that held up fairly well in Harvey’s winds. Many others on social media noticed, too.
140 mile an hour winds and still standing #blueshed
— Karl in Green Bay (@KarlKGB99) August 26, 2017
This shed is invincible. #BlueShed
— Duncan Beard (@beard_duncan) August 26, 2017
#BlueShed is still standing.
— Farsendor (@Farsendor) August 26, 2017
And so the jokes and memes came along.
#BlueShed is currently leading in polls for the 2020 presidential election
— Nolan Meister (@Nolan_Meister) August 26, 2017
I want my marriage to be as strong as the #BlueShed
— Sea Bee ⚓ (@chewshie) August 26, 2017
— Ty Solo (@xXUneadTacoXx) August 26, 2017
— Stormchasernick (@stormchasernick) August 26, 2017
Helicity Designs, who makes weather-themed apparel, decided to make their own shirts that pay homage to the little shed that could.
— Helicity Designs (@HelicityDesigns) August 26, 2017
(HT to my wife, Damaris, for letting me know about the new shirt designs)
Hurricane Harvey is not done creating damage and risking people’s lives as threats of flooding, winds, and tornadoes grip Texas, but at least we got to pause and admire one blue shed to remind us about resiliency and strength in the face of a major disaster.