Ten Warning Signs That You May Be Experiencing a Wind Storm

There's some damage to this fence. It's subtle, but if you look closely, you can just barely make it out.

1. When walking outside, you spend much more than the usual amount of effort staying on course, remaining upright, and not flying away.

2. Your car rocks from side to side, especially when parked or stopped at a light, and the motion feels all wrong for an earthquake.

3. In a festive move, your city has kicked up their fall decorations a notch by arranging a tasteful display of giant tree limbs in the middle of most of your local roads.

4. All the trees in your neighborhood are moving in ways you’ve never seen before, as if they’re taking part in some sort of frenzied tree dance.

5. You vaguely remember having electricity. And not living in a Starbucks.

6. The tree in your front yard has fewer branches than you remember.

7. The fence in your back yard is somewhat less continuous than you remember.

8. Your roof has fewer shingles than you remember.

9. The people who live in the house three houses down from yours appear to have made the unusual landscaping choice of scattering shingles across their lawn. You applaud their good taste in choosing lawn shingles identical to your roof shingles.

10. The next morning, you fail to wake up in Oz.

Update: the electricity came back on early Friday morning.

34 thoughts on “Ten Warning Signs That You May Be Experiencing a Wind Storm

    1. It was fun at the time, with little bits of practicality/fear mixed in (“ooh, I’ve never seen tree branches moving like that before. Um, maybe I shouldn’t be standing right beneath them”). Dealing with the aftermath has been less fun, but there are still tree branches in random places on the streets/sidewalks/lawns whenever I need a dose of surrealism.

  1. My fence looks like that fence, and we haven’t even had a wind storm. The next time I build a fence, I think I’ll add some of those things called “posts”.

    1. What I want is something that has most of the properties of a chain-link fence (will keep my neighbor’s dog in, is see-through, won’t get knocked over by wind) but that looks a lot nicer.

  2. I can’t even imagine what the Santa Ana winds must have been like – probably very much like a typhoon without the rain. I’m going to go check out some videos about it.

    1. One thing that was really frustrating is that there wasn’t enough light for me to get video of anything on my phone (and in fact, I have a bunch of solid-black videos that I took, hoping that the video fairy would somehow come and fix them during the night).

      1. Digital still photos are easy to brighten in a program named Irfanview. For video, my only idea is to upload it to youtube. Youtube is has video editing software.

  3. Robert Frost must have been talking about this when he wrote “Something there is that does not love a wall”.

    Is the damage on the 4th piece from the right? It’s darker than it’s neighbors. That’s the damaged one, I can tell.

  4. You know you’ve had a good wind storm when even Wyomingites – who are used to sustained winds of up to 80 mph – are impressed. I feel for you. I hope they get the power back to everyone soon.

    And I really wish I was an insurance agent this year.

    1. I woke up at 4:30 this morning and noticed that a) I wasn’t cold, and b) I could hear the sound of the central-heat fan. Then I went back to sleep.

      1. The producers felt their original ending where Toto gets muzzled and led off to the pound kind of put a damper on that whole “there’s no place like home” vibe.

  5. Ouch..glad you’re okay. We had strong winds over here yesterday evening..not as strong as yours, but enough for the trees to do that frantic dance you listed and loosing a few pounds by losing a few branches as well. !

  6. That’s definitely the WRONG kind of excitement…
    not exactly the gentle tropical breezes you see in Corona commercials!
    (Glad to hear your power is back on – it’s easy to forget how much everyone relies on it until it goes away for a while)!

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