The last couple of days have been tremendously windy here in the Twin Cities. We’ve seen gusts up to 45-50 mph at times and everything is blowing around. It’s been a loud enough wind that it’s actually awoken me in the middle of the night on multiple occasions. Not from any debris hitting the house, but just from the tremendous howl.
This morning I decided to throw caution to the wind (ha!) and go for a 3 mile run. Needless to say, when I was going with the wind I felt great. Turning into the wind was a whole different story. It’s just cold enough to have a wind chill, and the front of my legs were pretty raw when I got home. I also had to rescue a garbage can as it was blowing towards the street, and saw a couple of trees that had uprooted into someone’s yard.
Thankfully, things seem to have calmed down tonight. This winter has been one of the oddest winters in memory here in Minnesota. With the warm temps, lack of snow (but plenty of ice), and now tremendous wind storms, I can’t help but wonder how much more violent and unpredictable our climate is going to become in future years. Climate change is real, and I believe we’re seeing the beginning effects with our more chaotic weather patterns. Even career meteorologists have been stumped by some of the recent storm tracks and weather patterns.
Buckle up everyone. I think we’re just starting to get interesting.