The enchanting wind

One thing I only touched upon a few months ago, during our final search for a new and hopefully permanent home, was weather and climate.  At the time the human components loomed larger, prioritization whose efficacy has been born out in the ease with which we’ve strollered around Helena’s convoluted streets over the last four weeks.  My thesis that the sparser places of the western world tend to be more courteous has for the short term been born out.

But weather and climate have a huge impact on daily life.  I don’t dislike the heat of the southwest, but I’ve always found it more difficult to manage than even the coldest winter.  If anything, Missoula and especially the Flathead were never quite cold enough, with too much rain during the coldest half of the year.  Another 2000 feet of elevation would have made Kalispell just about perfect, but the world has to maintain some sort of balance.

The Flathead was also too still.  Wind is one of my favorite things, it helps move unideal weather along, and cools temperature and malaise alike.  Thankfully Helena has outdone itself in welcoming us.

As the maps show, Montana is a windy state, thanks to the eastern plains and more close to home the aftermath of orographic lifting.  Our little cactus valley is an island in the storm, but to my delight the hills immediately above town are more thoroughly strafed.  And when things get too calm the Rock Mountain Front is not far north, the place where the high wind warning threshold had to be upgraded from 58 to 75 mph because the former was just too common.

Life is good.


4 responses to “The enchanting wind”

  1. I was just wondering what the weather was like out there after your instagram photo yesterday…I can see where you would like that. I myself hate the heat (today it’s 90+), while I don’t mind the cold, although living in a house this year that struggles to keep it at 58 when it’s below 35 did make me realize a warm home certainly makes it more pleasant.

  2. Ooooh, fascinating. Wind is probably my least favorite thing EVER.

  3. it’s certainly a little on the breezy side here :); another thing you’ll probably notice is there is almost nothing for mosquitos, biting flies, etc- guessing the lack of standing water anywhere near town- a definite plus!

    1. Hell yes. I loathe bugs.

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