The collection of articles about wind

The collection of articles about wind

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Read the collection of article about wind to learn about all the important things related to this major weather phenomenon in one place.

What is the wind speed and how do we measure it

Wind speed or wind velocity is one of three major characteristics of air movement on par with wind direction and wind gusts. In this article, we will understand what wind speed is and how it is measured. It will help you better forecast weather and use wind correctly for sports that are impossible without this weather phenomenon.

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Learn to measure wind speed and power conditions by the Beaufort scale

So you have been planning to try yachting for too long already, and there is no way to delay it anymore. If you already have a yacht, good for you. But what do all these “fresh gale”, “moderate breeze”, and “violent storm” mean? These terms were created and described by navy officer Beaufort in a special scale. In this article, we’re going to learn about its appliance.

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How to read wind direction. Even if it sounds too simple

If the wind is the movement of air, this movement always has some direction. The question is: Where exactly the air is moving in man-made coordinate systems. In particular, it is important for different sports and outdoor activities, where the wind determines how your active recreation will go. For example, in kite- and windsurfing there is a "working wind direction" for the best wind on the spot. Let's understand what is the direction of the wind and how to read it in this article.

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Where wind gusts come from

A gust is a short strengthening of an already existing wind. Any of winds carries gusts: some have strong gusts, while others have very weak gusts. Most often, a rush occurs when a stream meets an obstacle on its way: a building, a structure, mountains. The flow seems to envelop obstacles, slows down. Learn more what is wind gusts and how do they occur.

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How to read wind rose. Look, it is not only beautiful, but useful to you

The wind rose is a diagram of the wind, or a picture of wind changes. It is indispensable to use for water sports that require strong wind or waves: kite-, wind- and regular surfing, sailing, paragliding. It’s also necessary for activities wind may ruin: fishing, cycling, and others. Let's learn more about what is wind rose and how to read it.

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Learn to read wind barbs — wind speed and direction symbols

Wind barbs are symbols on the map that show wind direction and speed at some specified location. It is a familiar format for displaying the wind to all meteorogists, yachtmen and others. That's how it were drawn on the synoptic maps before, and so many people are used to seeing it. Now you can see wind barbs on digital maps, too.

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What are the main types of wind?

Winds are divided into two large types: winds of global importance (trade winds and monsoon) and local winds. The second group includes many types of winds, among which we can distinguish breezes, bora, mistral and others. In the mountains, special winds blow. And then there are such concepts as jet stream and wind gusts. Let's deal with all these types in this lesson.

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The complete guide to windsports and the wind speed required to practice them

There are many different kinds of sport and outdoor activities that require wind. The question is: What is the wind speed? The wind gusts and wind direction are also very important. For example, sailing and windsurfing are equally impossible in stormy and calm weather. Even runners and slackliners are affected by wind, yes. But not that much as those who use sails, flies, and bikes. Let's learn what are the main types of windsports you can try and what kind of wind is a friend or an enemy for you as sportsmen.

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Text: Windy.app team

Cover photo: Jo Coenen Studio Dries / Unsplash

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