You need to be of a special mettle when you are a plant or animal in the desert. Last week they endured below 0 windchills; today it is 65 degrees, but with wind gusts of 50 miles per hour. They have not seen any moisture since a snow storm in early January. Life is tough!
We are inside today, in spite of brilliant sunshine. This is not the day to be hiking, or sifting manure for the garden. Ptuh! Thankfully the wind is only gusty at these high speeds so the birds can make an occasional approach to the birdfeeders, and the animals can get a drink from the wildlife dish in between the white caps.
From time to time the house is completely engulfed in a dust storm and we see topsoil disappearing down our road. Hopefully the wind will die down tomorrow so I can turn on the landscape irrigation.