That's a better joke than the corny one I always hear. The first pioneers were passing through what is present day Cedar City and decided to stop there and make camp until the wind stopped blowing. They have been there ever since.Lived in Southern Utah for over 60 years, it's been worse. A few years back it was so bad with the wind and dust you couldn't see the mountains to the west between Cedar and New Harmony for days.
One winter a few years back it snowed at my place just south of Cedar 18 inches and the weather went into the teens and the wind blew for two weeks and I had 3 foot drifts in my driveway every day for those two weeks.
New move in's ask me if it blows a lot in Cedar valley, and I tell them that it stops once in a while, but every time it does stop all the cows fall over.
I'm not so sure. i've lived here for a long time too, and I know we've had wind events in the past -- but the number of 25mph sustained winds for 3-4 days in a row this year have been more that what I can remember. Combine that with the extended drought, floods, fires....yeah. I think something has changed. Or, rather, maybe something hasn't -- like the jet stream is stuck in a bad place and hasn't changed...Lived in Southern Utah for over 60 years, it's been worse.