Big wind

curtains blowing in the wind

This time they weren't kidding

The weather services are fond of issuing Severe Weather Alerts, usually for wind or flood. Today it was for wind:

AN UPPER LEVEL WAVE FROM THE WEST IS EXPECTED TO MOVE THROUGH THE REGION THIS AFTERNOON INTO THIS EVENING. THIS WILL BRING A PERIOD OF STRONG GUSTY WINDS TO THE MOUNTAINS AND DESERTS. LOCAL WIND GUSTS OVER 55 MPH WILL OCCUR OVER THE RIDGES AND EAST SLOPES OF THE MOUNTAINS. GUSTS TO 50 MPH WILL BE POSSIBLE IN THE DESERTS...ESPECIALLY DOWNWIND FROM PASSES...SUCH AS THE BANNING AND CAJON PASSES. THE WINDS WILL GRADUALLY DIMINISH THIS EVENING. DUE TO THE RECENT RAIN...BLOWING DUST WILL GENERALLY NOT BE A PROBLEM. HOWEVER...THE GUSTY WINDS WILL IMPACT TRAVEL...ESPECIALLY FOR HIGH-PROFILE VEHICLES.

Since I live in a protected area at the mouth of the canyon, sandwiched between mountains, wind is seldom a concern in my part of town. Not to worry.

Wrong! It's that part about "over the ridges and east slopes of the mountains" — earlier this afternoon the winds came roaring through, bending the palm trees way off vertical and shaking loose many of the boots. Anything not tied down was definitely flying, and from all the thumps and thuds on the roof, an inspection is probably in order, once things calm down. Fronds and boots can do major damage to a foam roof.

And let's not forget the rain. Beginning Friday, a steady soaking rain drenched the desert for over 24 hours, very heavy at times. Where's Noah when you need him?

trees

Wild west winds, over the mountain and down the slope

boots on the lawn

The boots came off