Thursday, September 7, 2023

Wind Power Generation for the Fail

Low Wind Generation Prompts Texas Power Grid Operator to Declare Emergency to Avoid Blackouts 

I am not certain what to think of that headline.

After I got out of the navy in 1976, one of the reasons I did not return to Texas was the wind situation. 

When I was growing up in the south plains of Texas I grew tired of the wind blowing all the time. And not just in march either. Seems like the wind blew 24 hours a day 356 days a year. Yes, 356, I think we used to have 9 days a year without wind.

I know, that is an exaggeration. But the wind did blow a lot back then, and with it came the damn dust. I never saw what I guess is called a Haboob. As far as I know we never had one of those.

But damn it used to get dusty. I remember when the wind blew my dad would hook the tractor up to an implement called a sandfighter.

The thing I remember was just a long round tube, I think about 20 feet, with about 3 to 4 inch flat pieces of plate welded to it.(I tried to find a pic, but nothing that looked like that came up.) As it was drug over the ground the plates would dig up clods of dirt. I guess that was supposed to keep the wind from blowing all the topsoil over to the neighboring farms.

As you can tell I have been away from that farm area for a long damn time, about 50+ years. So my rememberer may be a little bit off about the tools used.

Anyway, I don't like the wind.


  1. Amen. And this year has been no different.

  2. The EPA told us farmers here in Nebraska that we couldn't spray crops if the wind was over 15 MPH. I think we a one or two days all summer that we legally could spray and most days were in the 20-30 MPH range.