winds

Strong winds
and windstorms


Below is a checklist of Strong winds and windstorms on postal items (stamps, souvenir sheets, aerogrammes, postal cards, etc.). Catalog numbers, years of issue, and notes on the items featured are given when available. If readers know of additional information or images, please contact the authors using the e-mail addresses at the bottom of this page.

Launch covers
(including anniversary-of-launch covers, and launch-related event covers)
(farther below)
Other postal items
(stamps, souvenir sheets, aerogrammes, postal cards, etc.)
(immediately below)
Strong winds and windstorms Strong winds and windstorms
Katabatic winds
Other wind-related Other wind-related


Below is a list of Strong winds and windstorms on postal items (stamps, souvenir sheets, aerogrammes, postal cards, etc.).

CountryCatalog NumberType of ItemYear of IssueNotes on Content
Strong winds and windstorms

Strong winds may be depicted, implied or mentioned in philatelic items found in the Tornadoes, Hurricanes, Extratropical Marine Storms, Blizzards, and Wind measurements pages. This section includes items with depictions of strong winds and windstorms that are not found in any of those pages.

Also, philatelic items with wind gods and associated strong winds are not included in this table. They will be found in an eventual page dedicated to Weather Gods, Myths and Lore.

Australian Antarctic TerritoryUnknown folder (Mi? folder)Folder back, also front and inside2018"the region's violent winds"
Canada479 fdc (Mi420 fdc)(?) cachet on FDC1968
Costa RicaUnknown ss (BL?)SS1, also detail2020strong winds breaking a tree
Great Britain712 (Mi642)One of strip of 5 (713a (709-713) (Mi639-643)1973
Great Britain713a+714 fdcOne of strip of 5 on FDC
Great Britain1966a fdc1 (Mi1924-1927 fdc)Cachet on FDC, also insert2001"Gale force winds"
Great Britain1966a fdc2 (Mi1924-1927 fdc)Cachet on FDC, also detail
Great Britain2244c (Mi?)One of MS6 (2244 (a-f))2004
Great Britain2247 (Mi?)Self-adhesive
Great Britain2245-2250 fdcOne of six self-adhesive stamps on FDC
Great Britain2245-2250 packPresentation pack
Israel2092+tab fdc (Mi2507+tab fdc)Cachet on FDC2016
Israel2114+tab (Mi2528+tab)One of MS4 (2114a (2029+2099a+2106a+2114)) (Mi2507+2512C+2522C+2528)2016
Israel2114+tab fdcStamp and tab and (pictorial) cancel and cachet on FDC
Jersey (Great Britain)2004 (Mi?)From MS10 (2004a (10x 2004))2016"Gales blow into the headland at Corbière"
Jersey (Great Britain)1997-2004 fdcOne of eight stamps on FDC
MaltaUnknown (Mi?)2016
New ZealandNone(KiwiStamp) private post2009
New ZealandNone fdcOne of ten (KiwiStamp) private post stamps and cachet (reproduction of stamp) on FDC
Sierra Leone2228 (Mi?)1999A Sudden Gust of Wind, print by Hokusai
United StatesNone(Black printed) cachet on advertising cover1887"wind storms"
United StatesNone(Black printed) cachet on cover, also detail and front1936"windstorm"
United StatesNone(Pictorial) cancel on cover, also detail2000Strong winds bending palm trees
United States4053 (Mi4098)
4053_back
One of MS40 (4072a (4033-4072)), also back2006"Windiest place" (Mount Washington, with a record wind gust, other than in a hurricane or a tornado, of 231 miles per hour (372 km/h))
United States4053 fdc1Stamp and (pictorial) cancel and (?) cachet on FDC
United States4053 fdc2Stamp and (pictorial) cancel and (?) cachet (different) on FDC
United States4053 fdc3Stamp and (HL) cachet on FDC
United States4053 fdc4Stamp and (Mystic Stamp Co.) cachet on FDC, also back
United States4053 fdc5Stamp on FDC (ArtCraft cachet)
United States4053 fdc6Stamp on FDC (Fleetwood cachet), also back
United States4053 fdc7Stamp and (PCS) cachet on FDC
United StatesSP1611(USPS) souvenir page (4033-4072), also back
United StatesCP763 page1(USPS) commemorative panel (4033-4072), also page2
United StatesNone(Coverscape) cachet on cover2019"strong, gusting winds"
Katabatic winds
This section contains all philatelic items that refer to katabatic winds.
Australian Antarctic TerritoryL172 (Mi?)One of MS5 (L176b (L172-L176))2013Violent katabatic winds and wind measurement at Cape Denison, the "Home of the Blizzard", during the Australasian Antarctic Expedition10; the lower (white) line in the graphic represents a mean observed wind speed; the upper (black) line is the stronger wind gust speed. The stamp and the maxicard and the cover of the stamp pack show men advancing with great difficulty against strong katabatic winds.
Australian Antarctic TerritoryL172 maxiMaxicard
Australian Antarctic TerritoryL174a+L176a fdc1One of set of 5 on FDC(As above for stamps)
Australian Antarctic TerritoryL174a+L176a fdc2One of set of 5 on FDC (different), also back
Australian Antarctic TerritoryL176b fdc1MS5 on FDC
Australian Antarctic TerritoryL176b fdc2MS5 on FDC (different)
Australian Antarctic TerritoryL172-L176 packStamp pack interior, also exterior
French Southern and Antarctic TerritoriesNoneCachet on cover1984"Joint Katabatic wind project"
French Southern and Antarctic TerritoriesNone(Oval black rubber-stamp) cachet on cover1985"Katabatic wind study"
French Southern and Antarctic Territories106 cover (Mi183 cover)(Black rubber-stamp) cachet on cover1985"Katabatic wind study"
French Southern and Antarctic Territories206 (Mi334)1995Katabatic wind measurements by sodar at Dumont d'Urville base, Antarctica
French Southern and Antarctic Territories206 fdc1Stamp and (?) cachet on FDC
French Southern and Antarctic Territories206 fdc2Stamp and (Éditions J.F.) cachet on FDC
French Southern and Antarctic Territories206 cover (Mi334 cover)Stamp on cover1996Katabatic wind measurements by sodar at Dumont d'Urville base, Antarctica
Other wind-related

This section includes philatelic items related to the wind other than those found in:

  1. the Strong winds and windstorms and Katabatic winds sections above;
  2. the Tornadoes, Hurricanes, Extratropical Marine Storms, Blizzards, and Wind measurements pages;
  3. the Meteorological returns and weather reports, or instrument returns section of the National Weather Services page (where one can find a large number of philatelic items consisting of observations of various meteorological parameters sent by mail to a central agency, some of which refer to the wind (directions, speeds or character));
  4. the eventual eventual Weather Gods, Myths and Lore page, which will include all items related to wind gods.
Bhutan109D (Mi?)1970Breezing Up - A Fair Wind, painting by Winslow Homer
Bhutan109Gi (BL?)On one of MS4 (109D-109G)
Bophuthatswana (South Africa)25-28 folderFDC folder front, and inside1978"Wind"
Brazil3218u (Mi?)One of MS24 (3218 (a-x))2012"Wind energy" (in Portuguese text)
Brazil3218q-r+3218u-v fdcOne of four stamps on FDC
Canada1271 (Mi?)From MS16 (1271a (16x 1271))1990The West Wind - Le Vent d'Ouest, painting by Canadian artist Tom Thomson
Canada1271 fdc1Stamp and cachet (design like stamp) on FDC
Canada1271 fdc2Block of 4 stamps and cachet (same) on FDC
Canada1336 (Mi1250)One of block of 4 (1337a (1334-1337)) (Mi1248-1251)1991Chinook (in stamp and cancel); also "the warm dry wind called a chinook, which blows eastward out of the Rockies" (in text in FDC back)
Canada1337a fdcBlock of 4 and (pictorial) cancel on FDC, also back
Canada1560b (Mi?)One of MS4 (1560 (a-d))1995A September Gale, Georgian Bay, 1921 painting by Arthur Lismer
Canada1559-1561 packPack (10 stamps), also back
Chile1172 (Mi1767)One of pair (1173a (1172-1173))1996The mountain winds can make their music in the pan pipes of the modern sculpture "Aires Andinos".
Chile1173a fdcOne of two stamps and (Correos de Chile) cachet on FDC, also back
China (People's Republic)974 (Mi1003)1968"Today the autumn wind still sighs", part of the poem Beidaihe by Mao Zedong
Ciskei (South Africa)167a (Mi187)One of strip of 5 (167 (a-f)) (Mi187-191), or two of MS10 (167f (2x 167 (a-f)))2004"Cabo Ventoso" (Windy Cape); the text at the bottom of the stamp has been switched with that of 167b: it should read "São Bras, watering place for Portuguese ships, early 1500"
Ciskei (South Africa)167 fdcStamp on FDC
Finland583 (Mi?)1976Glider and (symbolic) wind current above the hills
France5434 (Mi7018)One of booklet pane of 12 (5445a (5434-5445)) (Mi7018-7029), with booklet outside2018"Snow in Russia [and] 3 lines of trees" (in French text) (in an image taken from the ISS); the trees probably act as a windbreak to control drifting snow
French Southern and Antarctic Territories99 (Mi171)1983"Our Lady of the Winds" (in French text) (chapel in Port-aux-Français, Kerguelen Islands)
French Southern and Antarctic Territories99 fdcStamp and cachet on FDC
Guernsey (Great Britain)Unknown 3 (Mi?)2017"Through the rude wind's wild lament, And the bitter weather" (but those wild winds are not well-depicted in the stamp)
Guernsey (Great Britain)Unknown 4 (Mi?)"Sire, the night is darker now, And the wind blows stronger" and depiction of strong winds
Guernsey (Great Britain)Unknown 5 (Mi?)"Thou shalt find the winter's rage, Freeze thy blood less coldly" ("winter's rage" refers to the howling wind depicted in the stamp)
Netherlands1166b_tab8 (Mi2193-2194 tab8)Tab8 from MS10 (1166b (5x (1165-1166) + 10 tabs))2004"wind"
Netherlands1165-1166 fdc(Pictorial) cancel on FDC (NVPH cachet)symbolic wind (same design as the 1166b_tab8)
New ZealandUnknown ms (Mi?)MS4 (a-d)2020"The Four Winds"
PolandNoneCachet on postal card1964Wind from the Sea (Wiatr od morza), novel by Polish author Stefan Zeromski
San MarinoC130 (Mi1077)1974Glider flying in (symbolically-depicted) upper level winds
San MarinoC131 (Mi1078)
San MarinoC132 (Mi1079)
San MarinoC130-C131 fdcTwo stamps and (Capitolium) cachet on FDC
San MarinoC130-C132 fdcThree stamps and (San Marino Post) cachet on FDC
San MarinoC133 fdcStamp and (Capitolium) cachet on FDC
Sweden1152 (Mi?)1976Cave of the Winds, sculpture in Västerås, Sweden (depicted in stamp); "Vindarnas Grotta" (Cave of the Winds) (in FDC cancel and cachet)
Sweden1152 fdcStamp and (pictorial) cancel and cachet on FDC
Uganda1485 (Mi1863-1870)In (lower) margin of MS8 (1485 (a-h))1997The Hubble Space Telescope makes its observations "away from the Earth's distorting air currents".
United StatesNoneCachet (return address) on cover1907"Michigan Mutual Tornado, Cyclone and Windstorm Insurance Co."
United StatesNoneCachet (return address) on cover1910"Farmers' Mutual Wind Storm and Cyclone Insurance Co."
United StatesC54 fdc12 (Mi? fdc)(Black printed) cachet on FDC1959"strong winds"
United States1207 (Mi837)1962Breezing Up - A Fair Wind, painting by Winslow Homer
United States1207 fdc1Stamp and (Artmaster) cachet on FDC
United States1207 fdc2Stamp and (Fluegel Covers) cachet on FDC (3-line cancel)
United States1207 fdc3Stamp and (Fluegel Covers) cachet on FDC (4-line cancel)
United States1207 fdc4Stamp and (Hobo Art Cachet) cachet on FDC
United States1207 fdc5Stamp and (The Aristocrats/Day Lowry) cachet on FDC
United States1207 fdc6Stamp on FDC (ArtCraft cachet)
United States1207 fdc7Stamp and (Centennial) cachet on FDC
United States1207 fdc8Stamp and (Ken Boll/Cachet Craft) cachet on FDC
United States1207 fdc9Stamp on FDC (Fleetwood cachet)
United States1207 fdc10Stamp on FDC (HF cachet)
United States1207 fdc11Stamp and (Glory) cachet on FDC
United States1207 fdc12Stamp on FDC (Overseas Mailer cachet)
United States1207 fdc13Stamp on FDC (blank/no cachet)
United States1207 fdc14Stamp on (airmail) FDC (blank/no cachet)
United States1207 fdc15Stamp and (Pyrrhus Add-On hand-painted acrylic) cachet on FDC
United States1207 fdc16Stamp and (Meter Digest) cachet on FDC, also back
United States1207 fdc17Stamp on FDC (Boerger/ABC cachet)
United States1207 fdc18Stamp on FDC (? cachet)
United States1207 fdc19Stamp on FDC (? cachet, different)
United States1207 fdc20Stamp on FDC (? cachet, different) (and extra 1187 stamp)
United States1207 programFDOI program
United States1207aImperforate between horizontal pair and at right
United States1207 poster(USPS) stamp poster (1207), no stamp or cancel
United StatesSP87(USPS) souvenir page (1207), with stamp and cancel
United States1535 fdc (Mi? fdc)(Ranto/1207/SP87) cachet on FDC (with extra 1259 stamp), also back1974Breezing Up - A Fair Wind, painting by Winslow Homer
United StatesU584 fdc (Mi? fdc)(Fleetwood) back of FDC, also front1977"high wind areas"
United States1207 cover (Mi837 cover)Stamp in (PCS) cachet on cover, also insert1979Breezing Up - A Fair Wind, painting by Winslow Homer
United States1922 fdc (Mi1494 fdc)(Fleetwood) back of FDC, also front and back2 (different)1981"Nowhere else but on the open ocean does the wind blow so freely. The sea of grass bears few trees and there are no obstacles to break the even tenor of the winds" ... "Grasses waist-high again blow unrestrained in the untamed wind"
United States2134 fdc (Mi? fdc)(Basil/Fleetwood) cachet on FDC1985An iceboat "harnesses the wind to race across frozen lakes"
United States3236j fdc (Mi? fdc)Extra (1207) stamp and (Ranto/1207/SP87) cachet on FDC, also back1998Breezing Up - A Fair Wind, painting by Winslow Homer
United States3236d-e+3236i-j fdc (Mi? fdc)(Dynamite) cachet on FDC
United States1207 cover (Mi837 cover)Stamp in (PCS) cachet on cover, also insert1991Breezing Up - A Fair Wind, painting by Winslow Homer
United States3185i (Mi3035)
3185i back
One of pane of 15 (3185 (a-o)) (BL45, Mi3027-3041), also back1998"Gone With the Wind" (novel)
United StatesSP1259D(USPS) souvenir page (3185), also back
United StatesCP537D page1(USPS) commemorative panel (3185), also page2
United States4066 fdc1 (Mi4111 fdc1)(Mystic Stamp Co.) back of FDC, also front2006"The moist trade winds of the Pacific"
United States4066 fdc2 (Mi4111 fdc2)(PCS golden-replica) insert from FDC, also front"Mount Wai'ale'ale is just below the trade wind inversion layer"
United States4066 fdc3 (Mi4111 fdc3)(Fleetwood) back of FDC, also front"As tropical trade winds flow up and over the slopes [of Mt. Wai'ale'ale], the air is cooled and the moisture often condenses"
United States4070 fdc (Mi4115 fdc)(Mystic Stamp Co.) cachet on FDC, also back"The wind constantly changes the shapes of the dunes" (in Death Valley)
United States4473 fdc (Mi? fdc)(ArtCraft) cachet on FDC (with extra 1207 and 3236j stamps)2010Breezing Up - A Fair Wind, painting by Winslow Homer (on one extra stamp)
United States4524k fdc (Mi4691 fdc)(Fleetwood) back of FDC, also front2011"Trees ... can help block strong winds"
United StatesNone(Coverscape) cachet on cover2013"Wind Cave National Park"
United StatesNone(Coverscape) cachet on cover2015"destructive winds ... hurricane-force winds, peaking at 110 miles per hour in central New England"
United StatesNone(Coverscape) cachet on cover2018"hurricane force winds"


Below is a list of Strong winds and windstorms on satellite (and scientific rocket) launch covers.

CountryCancel DateCancel LocationType of ItemNotes on Content
Strong winds and windstorms
Finland2018-12-18Kerava(SVP) cachet on NROL-71 (KH11-17) launch scrubbed cover"High winds"
Other wind-related
Pakistan1962-06-09Lahore(Green printed) back of (orange and black printed) cover, also front"study the wind shear and [wind] current structure in the layers of the upper atmosphere"
United States1967-03-31Wallops Island VA(Centennial) cachet on (sub-orbital) Nike-Tomahawk rocket launch cover"to test [upper level] wind movements"
United States1978-06-26GSFC, MD(GSFC Stamp Club) cachet on SeaSat launch coverObjectives included monitoring "surface wind speed and direction" over the oceans
United States1978-06-27Vandenberg AFB, CA(Space Voyage) cachet on SeaSat launch cover
United States1981-11-14Edwards AFB Station CA(Colorano silk) cachet on STS-2 landing cover"the windy desert at Edwards Air Force Base"
United States1985-04-19Kennedy Space Center FL(Zaso silk/IASP no.96) cachet on STS-51D landing cover"strong tailwind"
United States1989-05-04Houston TX(Colorano silk) cachet on STS-30R launch cover"gusting crosswinds"
United States1989-05-08Edwards AFB, CA(Colorano silk) cachet on STS-30R landing cover"gusting winds"
United States1989-11-27Edwards AFB, CA(Colorano silk) cachet on STS-33R landing cover"crosswinds and tailwinds"
United States1991-05-06Kennedy Space Center FL(Colorano silk) cachet on STS-39 landing cover"winds were gusting as high as 32 kt"
Japan1991-09-11Uchinoura(Space Voyage) cachet on (sub-orbital) rocket launch cover"study ozone, wind velocity and temperature in [the] stratosphere"
United States2017-03-16Kennedy Space Center FL(Multi-color printed) cachet on EchoStar-23 launch coverThe original launch attempt "had to be scrubbed due to high winds at the Cape"


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