Friday, December 18, 2015
That Damned Wind
No that's not a picture of my barn roof. I stole that from an article about an incident that happened not too far away from the Small-Hold a while back.
Of all the good things I can say about the Small-Hold the wind certainly isn't one of them. It's a constant companion around here, except at night which I hear is normal but still makes no sense to me. I mean you would think if the sun causes the earth to warm up and creates wind then you would get one in the opposite direction as it cooled right? OK I know it doesn't work that way but still.
Now I know we live on the edge of the great plains but we also live on the edge of the Ozark Plateau and there are plenty of trees around here to break up this wind but that just ain't happenin. It's been so bad the last year or so that now instead of looking at forecast temperatures and rain I actually make sure to check the estimated wind speeds as well,
I have traveled a good deal around the plains states and while I know we are not alone with dealing with winds, I have yet to find a location that's actually more windy. Several rate right up there with us however like Salina, Ks., Grand Island, NE, the entire Eastern half of S.Dakota etc. Still there has to be someplace worse on the wind-o-meter scale out there. I know some tornadoes have had some clocked speeds in the 300+ department and some observatory got a good one waaaay up at the top of some mountain, but where is the highest average ground speed in America located?
Now looking it up by city says Boston has the highest average at 12.3 MPH. Hmmm 12 MPH wind speed around here doesn't even count as wind so something ain't right here.
Sow hat do you guys think? I know around here they don't even call it a windy day until the speed is breaking 30MPH. Gusts of 50 to 60 MPH are considered only mildly windy and hardly get noticed.
How's your part of the country?
Keep Prepping Everyone!!!!!