The Importance of Wind Direction in the World of Weather
Wind is an important element when it comes to current weather and predicting future forecasts. Wind transports moisture and temperature from one area to another, therefore weather conditions change with the shift of wind direction. Feeling a gust of wind could signify a heavy thunderstorm approaching or another atmospheric turbulence.
What Causes Wind Direction and Why Does It Matter for Weather?
Wind carries moisture into an atmosphere, as well as hot or cold air into a climate which affects weather patterns. Therefore, a change in wind results in a change of weather.
A major factor that determines wind direction is air pressure. Wind travels from areas of high pressure to areas of low pressure. Additionally, heat and pressure cause the wind to shift direction. For example, a sea breeze forms when the land heats more rapidly than the water and the heated air rises and travels from the higher-pressure water inland. A land breeze occurs when the opposite happens and the water retains more heat than the land.
Additional factors that affect wind direction are the Coriolis Effect and Topography. Coriolis effect is the rotation of the earth from west to east, which, generally speaking, causes winds to blow in a counterclockwise or clockwise manner. Topography refers to the earth’s landscape, and variations in the landscape such as mountains would impact wind direction.
Tracking Wind and Weather Patterns
Tracking wind direction is hardly a new concept. In fact, the first weathervane was invented in 48 BC by Greek astronomer Andronicus. A weathervane works by spinning and pointing in the direction that the wind is blowing with the symbols N (North), S (South), E (East), and W (West). They are mounted on the highest point of a structure without any obstructions that could block wind flow, such as trees or other buildings.
For centuries, weathervanes were used as a means of detecting wind direction and speed making them an important tool in shipping, travel, agriculture and weather predictions. However, in terms of technology, they are limited in design and there is much more advanced technology available to help us forecast weather.
Kestrel Weather Meters are one of the most accurate and technologically advanced systems for tracking wind and array of other weather measurements.
Kestrel Wind Meters can track wind speed and direction, maximum wind gust, wind chill, temperature, barometric pressure and more. Additionally, they serve a variety of industries such as agriculture, construction, athletics and firefighting as well as have the ability to track and record data via the Kestrel LiNK app for continuous monitoring and sharable reports.
Know your conditions wherever you are with the Kestrel Weather Meters. Ranging from simple, instantaneous wind and weather meters to advance models with specialty calculations, Kestrel offers you a choice for every need and budget.