We get lots of wind here in Kaikoura.
Last week we had gust of about 60 knots. Yesterday morning about 2am a squall came through gusting about 45 knts, though the rest of the day was calm.
This morning it is more of a steady SW about 15 knts), and the temperature is dropping. Within a few hours the winds direct from antarctica will hit us, and it will get very cold.
Coming from a strong nautical tradition, the term shiver ma timbers, seems to come from a boat breaking up under a sailor – so it is an expression of surprise and annoyance at an event unwanted yet beyond one’s immediate control. In that sense, it is usually the indirect consequences of wind, like a huge rouge wave, or being driven onto a rock or a lee shore in a gale, that is the root of the expression (perhaps in time of conflict a cannon ball or ramming spike).
On the more mundane, we had two old trees blow down on our section about 2 years ago. I was playing golf at the time, and the wind was so strong that I was twice blown off the tee on the 13th. That had never happened before nor since. Peak gusts well over 70 knots.
I got home to find Jewelia’s tree house on the ground.