Posts Tagged ‘Violent Squall’

Where the Wind Comes Sweepin’ Down the . . . !

May 27, 2014

You probably recognize this phrase from the opening line of the refrain to Rodgers & Hammerstein’s “Oklahoma.” And, while Oklahoma does indeed have its fair share of strong winds (and tornadoes), you can also find gusting williwaws in the near-polar regions of the globe.   Batten down the hatches!

williwaw

\WIL-ee-waw\, noun;

1.  a violent squall that blows in near-polar latitudes, as in the Strait of Magellan, Alaska, and the Aleutian Islands.