A new way to measure wind speeds?

I was annoyed by what I thought was a leaf blower outside. It’s the wind!

Amy Palmer’s tweet from windy, snowy Kansas City earlier today made me chuckle.

Then it made me think: why don’t we use descriptive terms or phrases for the wind more often? We have “hail the size of golf balls,” for example.

But how often do we hear the wind speed/strength relayed in ways we quickly grasp? What’s a gale-force wind sound like, for those who haven’t experienced them? What does a 15-mile-an-hour breeze sound like?

Oh, we’ve all heard the cliche about tornadoes sounding like freight trains – the irony being that, for all the tornadoes I’ve been close enough to hear, not one of them made me think of a freight train. Jet engines? Yes. A flowing river? Yes, especially if the tornado is moving over a wheat field or pasture. A freight train? Nope.

I’ve heard wind whisper, whistle, whine, howl.

But what terms or phrases do you use? Let me know at sfinger@wichitaeagle.com, and I’ll share them in another blog post.