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The Winds of Central Texas

Updated on January 18, 2014

The Winds Blow

Our Winds

Yup, it is one of those windy days here in Central Texas. The balmy breezes are blowing in from the direction of the Gulf Coast. These winds are not dainty, but gusts of warm air that come in continuous waves. Forget the hairdo. Hang on to your clothes. Hold extra tight to the steering wheel when driving.

There are two types of winds around here. In the Fall, we have Northern winds precipitating a cold front. These breezes are usually very strong and bring the cold air with them. In just a few hours, the local temperatures can drop as much as forty degrees with the entrance of these cold masses. Be sure and wear your coat because it will be chilly by the time you get home. It may be humid now, but the cold front will drive out the humidity.

The balmy coastal breezes are not unpleasant. They usually signal a rise in humidity. When these balmy breezes clash with an approaching cold front, serious thunderstorms can ensue. The Texas Hill Country sits in an area of Texas prone to witness these weather battles. Tornados and floods are not uncommon when two strong systems collide.

May has arrived and any cold fronts from the north will most likely stall before reaching our location. The warm coastal air currents are stronger during this season of the year and usually prevail over our southern location by pushing back any cold fronts that make it this far. These warmer breezes tend to dry out the land. The plants require regular water as a result of the constant winds.

We have a saying in Texas that if you don't like the weather, wait a few minutes and it will change.


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  • Sandyspider profile image

    Sandy Mertens 7 years ago from Wisconsin, USA

    Interesting share on the winds of Texas.

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    Paula Kirchner 7 years ago from Austin. Texas

    Pamela, I love Florida. My family comes from that area and in fact, Jacksonville has been home to many of my relatives. Got to visit there last year and was amazed at how Jacksonville has grown! Good to hear from you!

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    Pamela Oglesby 7 years ago from United States

    Paula, I think I can do without those winds. We have enough very hot, buggy weather in FL and then there sometimes are those pesky hurricanes. We have been lucky in Jacksonville as we haven't had a hurricane here since the 1960's. good hub.

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    ExpandYourMind 7 years ago from Midwest USA

    Thanks, PaulaK. I'll remember this if I visit Texas around this time of the year!

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    Paula Kirchner 7 years ago from Austin. Texas

    Interesting Brian! I have never heard of these winds. Several months is definitely a long time! Thanks for the comment!

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    Brian Slater 7 years ago from England

    Hi Paulek, your winds sound very much like the Mistral winds that start in North Africa and blow northwards past the Baleraric Islands (Menorca, Majorca and Ibiza) up through Southern France, these winds are also constant and have been known to drive people mad for they last several months at a time.

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    Paula Kirchner 7 years ago from Austin. Texas

    Thank you Canjunrooster.

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    John David LeCoq 7 years ago from San Antonio, Texas

    Hey PaulaK, you are so correct about our weather being able to change in a few minutes time. We do get some very strong southerly winds at this time of year. We get wind gusts of 40, even 50, miles per hour at times and the winds are not even associated with storms!! The wind is just blowing!!! Another great and informative hub.