How To Gauge Wyoming Wind Speed By Looking At Nature
It's a windy day in Wyoming. Okay, it's almost always a windy day in Wyoming. But how windy? You can ask your phone... But if you want to have a little fun with it try these tricks.
If smoke or steam is rising vertically, obviously it's calm.
If that smoke or steam is tilted just a bit you can tell that we have a little breeze. Look for grass and limbs rocking gently and ripples on water. That is about 1-3 mph winds.
If you feel a light brush on your face and you can see leaves gently rocking and people's hair moving then the wind is up to about 4-7 mph.
Leaves rustling, grass swaying, flags lifting. 8-12 mph.
Did you just see paper or dead leaves moving across the land? Did some dust get kicked up? 13-18 mph.
Small trees swaying. Branches moving on bigger trees. 19-24 mph.
Large branches of trees rocking. Waves of grass moving across the prairie. 25-31 mph.
The entire tree is rocking. Birds are calling it quits and looking for a place to take cover. 31-38 mph.
If the wind seems like it's angry with you and slapping your face around, it's above 38 mph. You can get mad but don't spit at it. That never works out.