24 February 2007
And Windy has wings to fly
In fact, you could be forgiven if you looked outside today and thought that everything has wings to fly; rather a lot of objects which had never been intended to be airborne nonetheless came swooping along the west winds today, along with a quantity of dust that might have scared Tom Joad. I caught a glancing blow from a supermarket circular, eight pages' worth, that was somehow whipping along six feet above the ground. Sustained winds of 30 mph or thereabouts have been going on for eight or nine hours now; gusts into the 40s have been common, and 50s spike up now and then. And it's not really a storm-related incident either: all the thunderboomers here ended around sunrise.
Well, okay, there is a storm. But it's over the Mississippi River, which means that we're getting the backside rotation, which means that this is one nasty crusher of a storm indeed. (In fact, Memphis is under a flash-flood warning right now.) We must be getting near March or something.