Illustrating wind direction

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Jack Harrison

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Aug 26, 2019, 11:52:49 AM8/26/19
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Following on from my “autumn” theme, maybe we can have some off-beat pictures showing wind direction.

 

Birds usually take off and land into wind and rest with their bodies aligned) with wind to keep feathers smoothed (although heads are turned when sleeping).

19-08-26-128-Redshank.jpgRedshanks, Nairn


Some small birds don’t seem quite so fussed about wind direction.

 

Hovering birds such as Kestrels always hover into wind. 

I would use that information when taking off from one of Amsterdam’s runways.  The resident Kestrel (in the absence of a windsock) gave a very useful indication of crosswind (if any).

 

Jack

Graham Easterling

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Aug 26, 2019, 1:34:12 PM8/26/19
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Not sure if it's offbeat, probably not, but it shows wind direction

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George in Edinburgh

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Aug 27, 2019, 10:05:44 AM8/27/19
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Not sure it it's offbeat either but it illustrates wind direction.  

View from Epping on a Sunday morning in December 2005. The smoke cloud originated 24 miles away. With light westerly winds the smoke cloud reached Epping late afternoon. Overnight the wind veered to northerly and the smoke cloud drifted away.

So, where/what was the origin of this smoke cloud?


George




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Freddie

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Aug 27, 2019, 10:15:30 AM8/27/19
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On Tuesday, 27 August 2019 15:05:44 UTC+1, George in Edinburgh wrote:

So, where/what was the origin of this smoke cloud?

Buncefield.  I remember it well.

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George in Edinburgh

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Aug 27, 2019, 11:00:41 AM8/27/19
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Buncefield is the correct answer. I recall the will it/won't it reach here (Epping) on the Sunday afternoon. It did reach Epping but came to a halt before sliding away over to the south.

I'd forgotten about the Thames-Mersey oil pipeline which goes from Coryton to Stanlow, calling in at Buncefield. 

George










Julian Mayes

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Aug 27, 2019, 11:27:01 AM8/27/19
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Here in Molesey it was cold and gloomy on the Sunday under the smoke veil, the cold seemingly enhanced by the gloom. When a special issue of Weather came out a year later the front cover image was a view from nearby Teddington which captured the eerie semi- darkness well. By comparison, George, your view almost looks like a fine spring day. 

In the afternoon I had to drive to South Wales - stopping at Membury services nr Swindon I remember that the smoke could still be seen in the eastern sky, albeit low down. 

Julian  
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