Switchin' Flies

by Barney Nelson

Ah, wind. It's spring (sort of . . . don't plant your tomatoes yet) in West Texas. I know because my porch furniture just sailed off into the yard. Luckily I washed sheets yesterday or I would have to call neighbors to find them. Wind speeds are classified from calm to bad. Winds in the 28-55 mph  range are considered various levels of gales, 56-63 is a storm, and anything over 64 is a hurricane. I once remember moving cattle in Dry Canyon on the Sproul Ranch  one March over 20 years ago when winds gusted to over 100mph in the Davis  Mountain passes. Airplane hangars and trees on the Sul Ross campus wereblown down that day. I didn't try to wear a hat and had black boogers for days. 

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