Friday, February 16, 2007

Just a little wind

We're under a high wind warning right now which works out to having sustained winds around 35 to 45 mph with gusts up to 65 to 75 mph. Every time one of the big gusts hit it sounds like the house is going to blow apart but otherwise not too bad. When E and I were in Vegas they had winds around 50 mph with gusts up to 90 mph. A said she was sure her trailer was going to blow apart a few times during that week.

Cheyenne is regularly on the list of the top ten windiest cities in the US, and we have some level of wind all the time. Since I've lived here most of my 30 some years wind just doesn't seem to be that big of a deal unless it is strong enough to cause damage to the house or it causes a blizzard. Otherwise you just learn to live with it. You get trash cans that won't blow away easily or you work out a way to attach them to something solid (ours happen to be hooked onto the rails on the deck with bungee cords), you set fence posts a little deeper, and you replace flags a bit more frequently. What is interesting about it is looking at the wind speeds we are used and where they fit into the Beaufort Scales. Wind speeds of 31 to 38 mph are considered near gale and that is just at the point where I think that wind is getting a strong but it's not awful yet. I thing it's starting to get bad at the next stage 39 to 46 mph. That is a gale force wind. The top wind gusts they forecast for us today, 75 mph, that is a hurricane force wind. And yet it's really only the truly high end winds, 45 or 50 mph or higher, that bother me anymore. It's amazing what environmental factors you can adjust to, to the point that they are the norm.

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