Chair Force Engineer

Friday, February 10, 2006

Tumbleweed Connection

The winds were blowing heavily on the drive back home from base tonight. Of course, Albuquerque is a fairly flat city that's partly surrounded by mountains, so it naturally acts like a bowl when the wind picks up.

Conditions got so bad that the air was filled with dust; it was hard to see straight ahead. The tumbleweeds were blowing very hard. A very large one (at least 1.5 times the diameter of a basketball) hit my car head-on and made a nasty noise as it scraped the underside. An inspection of my front end didn't reveal any damage; I'm hoping the undercarriage was just as lucky.