The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

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.

Posted at 5:50 PM to Weather or Not


My beagle is getting lots of lift out of his ears! I think I will get him a cape.

Posted by: Aero at 8:08 PM on 24 February 2007

We had terrible wind here this morning, must have blown down hill. It whipped my car all the way to work. Great tumbleweed migration weather. I saw several unfortunate tumbleweeds attempting to cross the highway only to meet their demise on the grill of someone's suv.

Posted by: Heather at 10:45 PM on 24 February 2007

I saw several unfortunate tumbleweeds attempting to cross the highway only to meet their demise on the grill of someone's suv.

New marketing spin!

SUVs: Helping to restore nature's balance to the Great Plains by taking out the invasive Russian thistle!"

Posted by: McGehee at 11:01 PM on 24 February 2007

Same here. Even the birds couldn't fly in it.

Posted by: rita at 9:40 AM on 25 February 2007