Wind – it’s a weather constant in Kansas. But every so often, it outdoes itself and cranks up for a major blow. Today's gusts hit nearly 50 mph as I sat near Texas Lake Wildlife Area and watched the show. Everything from blowing sand to rippled water proved the power of moving air. Tumbleweeds bounced across the landscape like rabbits running from a fire. And duck swarms spooked by an overhead eagle plowed the gale with concerted effort before dropping back down in protected coves.
The winter sky held a hint of spring as cumulus clouds tried to build. Thunder rumbled a time or two, and a smattering of rain came from gray scuds racing overhead. Peek-a-boo sunshine turned the color off and on, enhancing golds and rusts and blues. And the wind whistled across power lines and rocked my truck as I eased down the county roads.
That’s enough. A few hours of a northwest blast is plenty, but unfortunately, the winter lictor likes to draw things out. Big winds are slated for this whole week. Better hang on to your hat.