Bergwind Blues

We have something here called a “bergwind”. Literally a mountain wind – a wind blowing from the mountains towards the sea. It’s a hot, dry, pumping wind that makes the barometric pressure plummet, and everybody slightly crazy. People get sick, allergies flare, heads start to pound, people with skin problems start to itch.  There are dire warnings on the weather forecasts about high fire danger ratings.

It makes me feel very edgy (and not in the “smart and stylish” sense of the word) and I go from somebody who is a fairly docile driver, to feeling like I could develop a case of road rage quite easily.

Even animals don’t like it. Our pets hunker down (I always thought it was “bunker down”, but just looked it up) inside the house until it’s over. Which can be a couple of days later.

This has been one of those weeks . . .

Only positive thing is that getting the laundry dry is a breeze!


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2 Comments on “Bergwind Blues”

  1. August 17, 2012 at 9:24 am #

    It’s so cold here today (SE Australia), snow down to 1000m; a berg wind would be lovely – just for a few days!

    • August 17, 2012 at 3:08 pm #

      I love winter but I agree, sometimes you need a couple of warm days to thaw and dry out. The bergwinds are just difficult for anyone with sinus or headache problems.

      Thanks for visiting my blog and leaving a comment! 🙂

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