Northerly

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Last weekend NZ was pounded by a violent Northerly storm – as with all Northerlies it wasn’t exactly cold, but the wind was strong enough to make the panes of glass in my lounge literally bend & warp with the gusts… So as the wind peaked (120kmph according to Metservice) what was my first course of action?

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I attached a pair of contact mics to the most directly exposed window & went to bed, leaving the recorder rolling until its battery died and it also fell asleep….

The next morning I woke up & as I was eating breakfast noticed the mics on the window & suddenly remembered. The lovely sunny morning was trying to pretend the storm didn’t happen, like a false memory or something…. Ahhhh but I had the evidence – you don’t get away with such disruptive force that easily! Check out the scale & frequency of wind gusts in the first ten minutes:

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Heres the waveform of the entire 3 hours 48 (compressed horizontal time scale)

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There wasn’t much rain, and when it did rain it was almost like debris, which via the contact mics sounds like an interesting granular percussion patch… Anyway after a quick listen, skipping through making some selections here is what I uploaded…

The morning after…

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