Invisible Force

I can feel it. I can hear it. It sometimes carries a scent to my nose. But unless something gets in its path, I cannot see it. I’m writing about the wind.

Eating breakfast before my morning walk, I could not ignore the indication of what awaited outside. A decorative flag appeared starched and horizontally suspended. This was the stuff of sustained winds. According to the National Weather Service, “sustained wind speed is determined by averaging observed values over a two-minute period.” It is the “wind” value in the forecast, with gusts being noted as (of course) gusts.

Sustained winds
Sustained winds

And it is what we can count on when a nor’easter moves along its merry way, pulling off the coast, dragging with it the high air pressure that forever chases the low.

How do you see the wind?

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