Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Which way the wind blows

231-mph NH wind gust is no longer world's fastest - Yahoo! News: "The concession came three days after the World Meteorological Organization posted a snippet on its Web site saying a panel of experts reviewing extreme weather and climate data turned up a 253 mph gust on Australia's Barrow Island during Cyclone Olivia in 1996."

Do you have to worry about 253 mph winds? Unless you are in Tornado Alley, probably not. But wind is a real issue. Here in the Rockies we can get canyon winds that will exceed 55 mph making them hurricane force winds.

You really don't want to have an open window and then open a door the wind can get through the house and make the roof a big ol' wing and pull it right off.

Hurricanes, tornados are obviously windy, but what about the which way the wind blows in your town.

From which direction does the worst weather come for Colorado the worst weather tends to come from the Northwest from over the mountains. This is where most of the winter blizzards come from but there are conditions where we can get Chinook winds, warm moist air gets sucked up from the South causing strong winds and rain.

Knowing the weather patterns for your city will help guide your decisions for how to build or alter your home. Our last house had the garage in the Northwest corner and it was great the garage took the brunt of the force of the wind and rain keeping the rest of the home calmer and warmer.

You can put up evergreen trees and fencing to alter the wind patterns around your home. Be careful about putting in a fence because the posts can rot after several years and the fence will just fall over. Every time there is a windstorm around here, and that is 4-5 times a year there are fences down all over the neighborhood. Often one of the posts is rotted and it takes down the ones on each side too.