ABC of Weather: Zephyr
A zephyr is just the kind of wind we'd like to have in the garden: a gentle, refreshing breeze. The word comes from the Greek and particularly refers to light winds from the west. Here, our prevailing wind comes from the south-west, but is usually anything but light as it brings in storms from the Atlantic.
Sadly we're at the end of my Weather ABC and I haven't had the chance to tell you all kinds of things particularly in the wind related sphere, such as the Beaufort Scale, why wind speed is measured in knots rather than miles per hour, and how the UK has the highest concentration of tornadoes in the world (when land area is taken into account but they're not anywhere near as destructive as those found in e.g. the USA). And seeing we're at Z, there's also the news that the Zone system (and its RHS equivalent) are currently under review - Transatlantic Plantsman is keeping a weather eye open for when the revised systems are announced.
I do hope you've enjoyed this themed ABC Wednesday. It's been a lot of fun to put together, so much so I'm contemplating another theme for the next round. Watch this space...
And where does the picture fit into this Z? It's Zephyranthes candida: a new plant to me and one which I probably wouldn't be aware of unless I'd embarked on this particular round of posts. As you can see its name is rooted in our lovely gentle breeze. It's fragrant and can be grown in Zones 7-10.
How's the weather with you today?