Monday, April 03, 2006

Oh the Wind!

Holy crap was it ever windy here last night. It's been a long time since I remember hearing wind howl like that.

I heard somewhere, some time ago, that during a tornado you should keep a window or two open in order to equalize the pressure and prevent the windows from breaking. I don't know if this is true, but for most of last night, I had a window open about six inches. No windows broke, but I had to listen to the wind tearing through the city. This noise kept me up for much of last night. At 4:45am or so, Nell got up and closed the window, caring nothing for the fate of the windows, I guess. The windows didn't break and it was much quieter.

The lesson to be learned is this: If there's a chance of tornados, keep your window open about six inches, but after a few hours, you can close the window. Remember everyone, think and be safe.

3 Comments:

Blogger warm fuzzy said...

According to tornadoproject.com the open window theory is a myth and is a bad bad thing to do.

"If the home owner opens the wrong window, air can rush in and exert pressure on the structure from the inside--like blowing air into a balloon. It is unlikely that the resident knows where the construction weak points are. In addition, the wind fields in a passing tornado are very complex and constantly changing. It is not possible to predict the strongest direction of attack. The best advice from every engineer with whom the author has ever discussed this is to leave the windows alone and get into the basement or other shelter as fast as possible".

7:48 AM  
Blogger Matt said...

Would this support having all your windows open, so as to be as equal to the outside pressure as possible?

9:22 AM  
Blogger Xeno said...

who cares about the windows? You rent right?

5:58 PM  

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