Aeolos have mercy. Boreas and Notos are slugging it out in the Pacific Northwest, particularly in the Columbia Basin.
Is it all Greek to you? It should be! Boreas and Notos are two of the ancient Greek mythological four winds, North and South, respectively, and Aeolos is the overlord of the winds.
But if something more scientific and analytical is your style, check out this excerpt from a High Wind Warning from the National Weather Service for our area:
High Wind Warning
…STRONG WINDS EXPECTED OVER PORTIONS OF NORTHEAST OREGON AND
SOUTHEAST WASHINGTON LATER TONIGHT AND SATURDAY…
* WINDS: SUSTAINED SOUTHWEST TO WEST WINDS OF 35 TO 45 MPH WITH
GUSTS MAINLY BETWEEN 50 AND 60 MPH WITH LOCALIZED GUSTS
EXCEEDING 70 MPH.
* IMPACTS: LOOSE OBJECTS MAY BECOME AIRBORNE. LARGE TREE LIMBS
MAY BREAK AND TREES ROOTED IN WATER SATURATED SOILS MAY
TOPPLE. TRAVEL MAY BECOME DIFFICULT…ESPECIALLY FOR THOSE
IN HIGH PROFILE VEHICLES MOTORISTS SHOULD USE CAUTION AND BE
PREPARED FOR SUDDEN WIND GUSTS. LOCAL BLOWING DUST COULD
REDUCE VISIBILITIES TO LESS THAN A QUARTER OF A MILE AT
The NOAA has a nice spiffy slide presentation for our local advisories, too.
The outer shingles of the south side of our roof are being torn off. I can hear the wind howling hard, right now. Would it fade my masculinity and inner toughness too much if I said I was a little terrified?
Oh, and this has been going on for about a week or so– fierce wind storms punctuated by rain. There are two things in a weather pattern that will bring me to my knees, to the point of writhing in agony: humidity, and cold temperatures. Now imagine both fluctuating.