That's pretty breezy Phil. Always interesting to me that you get so much wind where you are. There's a lot of talk about the Midwest and southern plains getting high winds, and we do, but you seem to get it on a more regular basis.
North Texas winds will pick up when spring arrives and we usually have nonstop blows of a week or so.
Enough to drive one batty.
Few people understand our wind climatology, even I didn't understand it fully until a few years ago, given our average wind speeds aren't very high and don't attract attention. Outside the mountains, it's actually unique to the MD/VA domain west of the Fall Line, thanks to the axial orientation of the mountain ridges to our west relative to the climatological pressure gradient following cyclogenesis. What happens is adiabatic warming/drying on W/NW flow deepens the mixing layer, and frictional torquing/perturbation by the ridges idealizes mass transfer through our domain under a W-E pressure gradient, such that during pressure rises from the west under W/NW steamflow, vertical mixing is enhanced and adiabatically self sustaining, especially under strong insolation, where gusts at the surface can even exceed the 850mb wind speeds in some circumstances.
While our *average* winter wind speeds are lower relative to the Midwestern states, we average about 28 days per winter with winds at/above 40mph, about 19 days per winter with winds between 45-55mph, and about 4 days per winter with winds at/above 58mph (high wind warning criteria), almost always out of the W/NW. It's actually not unusual for winds to approach or exceed 70mph at least once per winter. Last April, IAD gusted to 67mph during that gradient event, and gusts exceeded 70mph at other locations. You have to go back to 2011/12 to find a winter where winds failed to reach 70mph somewhere in the MD/VA lowlands west of the Fall Line, and that period still compensated with hurricane Irene in August 2011 (60-80mph along/east of Parrs ridge and the Fall Line) and the great Derecho of June 2012 (60-100mph across most of the region). Then winter of 2012/13 kicked off right away with hurricane Sandy (60-80mph) and followed with a huge wind event in March (60-70mph). So those stretches are mostly meaningless and often surrounded by impactful events for whatever reason.
This winter, we have yet to experience a region wide high wind warning criteria event. The mid-February to mid-April timeframe is our windiest period climatologically, so usually that's when they happen.