Wind and sand create majestic dunes
that are constant but ever-changing.
They move across the deserts,
sing to the wind and
inspire our creativity!
-Professor Wayne Armstrong
The harsh, hot winds blow
Across the dry, high desert Mojave landscape,
Devil Winds, say some tribes of Indians,
Others call it Diablo.
In the Pacific Northwest,
The winds are called Chinooks,
And in France it is known as
While in Austria & Germany
The Winds are called The Foehn;
But in California
Everyone recognizes The Santa Anas,
Which, strictly speaking,
Must be gusting at least 25 knots
To be an authentic Santa Ana.
It dries out the skin of the hardiest
And bits of sand blow into his eyes,
Obstructing his vision.
Tumbleweeds blow across the scrubby
Desert floor while the wind
Sweeps through, gaining speed,
As it races through the canyons,
And the more knowledgeable travelers
Scan the skies for
Any sign of fire.
–Sandra Lee Smith
Originally written March 21, 2009