Sure it blows during storms, cold fronts, hurricanes ETC. But not for days on end, and never at 25 mph sustained with gusts up to 40.... Something is afoot, what it may be is anyone's guess. One can hope it's all due to a normal cycle of climatic events, those strung out over thousands of years, but damn this is crazy stuff.
Over the week-end they closed Breckenridge for the first time ever due to high winds. Despite it blowing up to 100-120 on the mountain some people were still upset at not being allowed to ski................Maybe that is part of the problem, maybe the wind God is hoping to cull a few fools from the herd.........
Some people will never get it...I find that both amazing as well as depressing.
Here's a brave man who fell to a sad freak accident.
CO driver killed by branch steered car to safety
BOULDER, Colo. (AP) — A Colorado man who was killed when a 3-foot tree branch flew through his windshield and impaled him in the chest was able to steer the car to safety before losing consciousness.
The wife of 61-year-old James Baker-Jarvis told the Daily Camera (http://goo.gl/WsaHg ) that her husband was able to pull the Subaru Outback over to the roadside, saving her from any injury. Baker-Jarvis died later at a hospital.
Saturday's incident north of Boulder came as high winds swept through the Northern Rockies, toppling two semis, forcing shutdowns along long stretches of highways and causing some 19,000 power failures throughout Colorado.
In Wyoming, two people were injured Saturday when debris blew off the roof of a Cheyenne Sam's Club store. The Wyoming Tribune Eagle (http://goo.gl/168R4 ) reports that at least five other people were treated at Cheyenne Regional Medical Center for wind-related injuries.
None of the Wyoming injuries was considered life-threatening. The winds reached gusts of 76 mph in Cheyenne, said Tim Trudel, a forecaster for the National Weather Service.
High winds are nothing new in the Mountains and high plains, it's their frequency that has people asking questions in regard to what is really going on.
http://news.yahoo.com/co-driver-killed- ... 27624.html
Fierce winds in Colorado snarl highways
A jet stream brought winds fierce enough to turn driving into a white-knuckle experience Thursday, forcing trucks off Interstate 25 at the Wyoming border and gusting to 102 mph in Colorado.
It will get going again this evening, pounding the northeastern part of the state with gusts to 60 mph overnight and into Saturday, according to the National Weather Service.
Gusts topped out at 102 mph southeast of Pinecliffe in Jefferson County at 2:20 a.m. Thursday, said Eric Thaler, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Boulder. A peak gust of 79.5 mph was recorded at 9:20 a.m. at the National Wind Technology Center near Boulder.
The high-wind warning expired at 5 p.m., but the winds didn't get the message.
About 7:30 p.m., three empty cargo trailers were overturned by wind gusts estimated at more than 100 mph at Table Mesa Parkway and 45th Drive northeast of Golden, said Fairmount fire Lt. Chad Bassett.
Winds of 60 and 70 mph were common throughout the region Thursday, Thaler said.