For those of you
To those unfamiliar with the Chinook, it is a beautiful warm wind that blows in during the winter, and can turn -30 into T-shirt weather in a matter of a few hours.
One of the most striking features is the chinook arch, which is a band of clouds caused by air rippling over the mountains . They can also create stunning sunrises and sunsets. It's absolutely awsome to see.
It's a wonderful, strange event that most Albertan's look forward to. It's our little reprieve from a long and nasty winter.
(insert Ooooh's and Ahhhh's here)
We pray for this day, we yearn for it, we celebrate it's arrival ~ and then
. . . WE ALL GO FRICKEN CRAZY!!!
Like I said,
What do you mean? You may be asking yourself... cuz so far, everything seems warm and fuzzy wonderful.
Awesome fact 1. These warm winds have been documented to cause insomnia.
Awesome fact 2. The legendary wind has been blamed for causing people to act strangely - even to go mad.
Awesome fact 3. It's not unusual to hear people say the Chinook gives them a severe headache, or migraine.
Awesome fact 4. Highly strung people may begin to shake or fidget
Awesome fact 5. Susceptible people may suffer nervous disorders
Awesome fact 6. Chinook winds can also increase hositle behaviour do to the change in barametric pressure.
Awesome fact 7. Studies have shown an increase in erratic behaviour in people suffering from mental disorders.
Awesome fact 8. This has also been known to affect local wildlife,
and domestic animals as well...
So, there ya have it. I'm gonna kick back, strap myself in, and enjoy the melting snow. Maybe I'll watch a good movie....