Storms, Cyclones and Wind in Art and Storytelling

The wind blew as ’twad blawn its last;
The rattling showers rose on the blast;
The speedy gleams the darkness swallow’d;
Loud, deep, and lang, the thunder bellow’d:
That night, a child might understand,
The Deil had business on his hand.

Robert Burns
"Windy Witch was gone" an illustration from the short story "Windy Witch" written by Helen Broadbent, included in the book "Blackie's Children's Annual 1912"
“Windy Witch was gone” an illustration from the short story “Windy Witch” written by Helen Broadbent, included in the book “Blackie’s Children’s Annual 1912”
Great Grandmother Goose by Helen Cooper, illustrated by Krystyna Turska, Hamish Hamilton, London 1978
Great Grandmother Goose by Helen Cooper, illustrated by Krystyna Turska, Hamish Hamilton, London 1978
Southwind, Johann Sadeler (I), after Maerten de Vos, 1560 - 1600 entire world
Southwind, Johann Sadeler (I), after Maerten de Vos, 1560 – 1600

In some parts of the world, wind is associated with a certain time of year. In parts of America, it is November.

November illustration by Eulalie Minfred Banks (1895-1999), for The Garden Year in The Bumper Book, 1946, edited by Watty Piper, published in New York by The Platt and Munk Co. Inc
November illustration by Eulalie Minfred Banks (1895-1999), for The Garden Year in The Bumper Book, 1946, edited by Watty Piper, published in New York by The Platt and Munk Co. Inc
Rie Cramer (Dutch, 1887-1977)
Rie Cramer (Dutch, 1887-1977)
Jean-Jacques Sempé
Jean-Jacques Sempé
John Philip Falter (1910-1982) Windy City 1946
John Philip Falter (1910-1982) Windy City 1946
Carl Olof Petersen (1880-1939), Illustration pour “Jugend Magazine”, 1920. Swedish illustrator, painter and woodcut artist wind
Carl Olof Petersen (1880-1939), Illustration pour “Jugend Magazine”, 1920. Swedish illustrator, painter and woodcut artist
Hurricane printed on page 40 of the February 10, 1941 issue of LIFE magazine
Hurricane printed on page 40 of the February 10, 1941 issue of LIFE magazine
Shinohara Katsuyuki, poster design for Matasaburo of the Wind, 1974
Shinohara Katsuyuki, poster design for Matasaburo of the Wind, 1974
I Am The Storm by Jane Yolen and Heidi EY Stemple art by Kristen and Kevin Howdeshell
The Longest Storm by Dan Yaccarino

A heartwarming family story that will resonate for everyone who’s experienced the Covid-19 quarantine — or other kinds of hardship and loss.

No one knew where the strange storm came from, or why it lasted so long. The family at the center of this timely story has to hunker down together, with no going outside – and that’s hard when there’s absolutely nothing to do, and everyone’s getting on everyone else’s nerves.

This classic in the making will lift hearts with its optimistic vision of a family figuring out how to love and support one another — even when their everyday world is shrunk beyond recognition.

Illustration for the French magazine ′La Vie Parisienne′ by Chéri Hérouard (1881-1961) wind lifting skirt
Illustration for the French magazine ′La Vie Parisienne′ by Chéri Hérouard (1881-1961)
The March Wind - written by Inez Rice, illustrated by Vladimir Bobri (1957)
The March Wind – written by Inez Rice, illustrated by Vladimir Bobri (1957)
Stuart Davis (1892 - 1964) City Snow Scene , 1911
Stuart Davis (1892 – 1964) City Snow Scene , 1911
Buick Straight-8 engine was introduced 1931, wind
Buick Straight-8 engine was introduced 1931
And The Wind Picked up Lilly Etta, Story Hour Readers by Ida Coe and Alice Christie,1914, illustrated by Maginel Wright Enright umbrella
And The Wind Picked up Lilly Etta, Story Hour Readers by Ida Coe and Alice Christie,1914, illustrated by Maginel Wright Enright
Little Brown Bear and the March Wind by Elizabeth Upham, illustrated by Marjorie Hartwell. 1955
Little Brown Bear and the March Wind by Elizabeth Upham, illustrated by Marjorie Hartwell. 1955
Boy and Girl Running Hand-in-Hand – Jessie Willcox Smith Illustration 1919 from At The Back of the North Wind by George MacDonald
Boy and Girl Running Hand-in-Hand – Jessie Willcox Smith Illustration 1919 from At The Back of the North Wind by George MacDonald
1935 February, cover by Antonio Petruccelli wind
1935 February, cover by Antonio Petruccelli wind
Art by Ethel Franklin Betts Bains 1916 wind garden
Art by Ethel Franklin Betts Bains 1916
Ellen Raskin, Moose, Goose and Little Nobody, 1974 wind
Ellen Raskin, Moose, Goose and Little Nobody, 1974
Winter and Windy Weather, Florence Susan Harrison, British (1877-1955), Blackie's Childrens' Annual, 1922
Winter and Windy Weather, Florence Susan Harrison, British (1877-1955), Blackie’s Childrens’ Annual, 1922
Alexei Bogoliubov (Russian, 1824 - 1896) A Storm lighthouse
Alexei Bogoliubov (Russian, 1824 – 1896) A Storm lighthouse
'A Stormy Day' from Anna Sewell's Black Beauty, illustrated by world-renowned horse painter T S La Fontaine
‘A Stormy Day’ from Anna Sewell’s Black Beauty, illustrated by world-renowned horse painter T S La Fontaine
Martin Lewis (1881 - 1962) 1934 print Snowstorm, Danbury, Connecticut
Martin Lewis (1881 – 1962) 1934 print Snowstorm, Danbury, Connecticut
Martin Lewis (1881 - 1962) 1930 illustration Break in the Thunderstorm
Martin Lewis (1881 – 1962) 1930 illustration Break in the Thunderstorm
Anton Franciscus Pieck (1895 - 1987) 1942 The King Of The Forest Illustration for Grimm's Fairy Tales wind
Anton Franciscus Pieck (1895 – 1987) 1942 The King Of The Forest Illustration for Grimm’s Fairy Tales
ERDE, UNSER SCHÖNER STERN (1971) Štěpán Zavřel
ERDE, UNSER SCHÖNER STERN (1971) Štěpán Zavřel
Dilapidated windmill, Jac van Looij, 1865 - 1930
Dilapidated windmill, Jac van Looij, 1865 – 1930

Moulin de la Galette is a windmill and associated businesses situated near the top of the district of Montmartre in Paris

Paul-François Quinsac - Moulin de la Galette 1887 windmill
Paul-François Quinsac – Moulin de la Galette 1887
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