Windsock

Windsock
Airfield, wind direction, wind strength, conical or sock-shaped
A windsock is a conical textile tube designed to indicate wind direction and relative wind speed. Windsocks are typically used at airports or at chemical plants where there is risk of gaseous leakage. They are also sometimes located alongside roads at windy locations. Wind direction is the opposite of the direction in which the windsock is pointing (note that wind directions are conventionally specified as being the compass point from which the wind originates; so a windsock pointing due north indicates a southerly wind!). Windspeed is indicated by the windsock's angle relative to the mounting pole; in low winds, the windsock droops; in high winds it flies horizontally. At many airports, windsocks are lit at night, either by floodlights on top surrounding it or with one mounted on the pole shining inside it. Windsocks are also popular with children and can have bright and colourful designs. These windsocks are not particularly functional and are mostly for decoration, however they can still be used as a basic guide to wind direction and speed. Maybe there’s room in the place you live for one?

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