Just watch out for those flying cows when the wind howls

HOWLING wind waking me from my slumber one morning this week was an indicator that the knots were up.

Another sign that the impending Cyclone Dylan was starting to make a mark were the series of alerts sent straight to my phone via text, with peak gusts of about 100kmh predicted.

Now I take the traditional method when it comes to sourcing what storms are up to.

The Bureau of Meteorology, emergency services feeds and traditional media are good buddies.

But there are other ways - albeit up for debate - to tell if it's windy outside.

If the following happen, it's time to batten down the hatches:

  • If the lawn furniture from a neighbour a few doors down winds up in your yard.
  • If you hear the wind whistling the theme music of the Wizard of Oz, quickly followed by "ding, dong, the witch is dead". And it looks like there's new neighbours since a house has been plonked nearby.
  • If you stand outside with an umbrella and fly up like Mary Poppins.
  • If a cow flies past your window. You live in a second story house. You don't live near a farm.
  • If all the beer has disappeared and the men insist it's not worth the effort restocking.

However you source your information on what the wind is doing, try not to be too disheartened about the weather.

If it didn't change once in a while, nine out of 10 people couldn't start a conversation…and I'd be stuck for a column.

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