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  •  Freezing our butts off inland because of that (11+ / 0-)

    .... too, yesterday. Ferocious Northwest wind all day, midwestern style.  Previous owner of this house was smart enough to plant an ugly evergreen windbreak out the back door and it's real obvious why on days like that.  

    I used to live where it was super windy at least half of the time, and it was sort of fun in a perverse way to watch the reaction of urbanite solicitors getting out of their cars in the driveway and coming up to the door. I would slip on a pair of Carhart coveralls and my fleece lined cap with the earflaps,  and go out and greet them enthusiastically and see how long they could last, especially the ones in polyester double knit dress.

    Somewhere in time, in the late 1980's or the early 1990's, a real dust storm blew through that area, and I photographed it with a regular camera, but I not sure where the picture is and don't have it scanned.  It was minor compared to what happened in the 1930's but quite real, a wall cloud of dust. It was not the start of a trend at that time.

    There were huge wind driven fires in the Oklahoma and Texas panhandle area a few days ago.

    Now here in CA we get clouds of smoke much worse, and think oh, well.   If we had not gotten our fortunate April rain this year it would have been very, very bad.

    "Toads of Glory, slugs of joy... as he trotted down the path before a dragon ate him"-Alex Hall/ Stop McClintock

    by AmericanRiverCanyon on Wed Apr 15, 2009 at 09:00:27 AM PDT

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