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A Brief Discussion on the Many Uses of Windsocks

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If you’ve had a bit of outdoor experience or have visited an airport at one point or another, it’s likely that you’ve come across a structure that looks like a cone swaying with the direction of the wind. This colourfully vibrant piece is known as a windsock - a particularly clever piece of technology that serves a variety of uses despite its simple design. While it’s likely that you probably don’t desperately need a commercial windsock, it’s still interesting and even beneficial to learn all about its various uses. After all, you never know when one might come in handy!

You’ll most often see them at airport runways

As previously mentioned, those who have chanced upon an airport at one point will likely have seen a windsock being used - particularly on the runway. This is done so that pilots who happen to be landing know exactly the kind of wind they’re going to be dealing with as they touch down on the runway.

Considering all the expensive tech that helps a plane land, the windsock is particularly interesting because of its simplicity. The way its cone moves and sways along with the wind helps pilots gauge not only the direction but also the overall velocity of the wind. This adds an extra layer of security that keeps everyone involved safer. Not bad for a simple cone that gauges the wind!

Windsocks have surprising uses in certain factories and facilities

When it comes to factories making use of sensitive materials such as chemicals, the side-effects include harmful toxins being released into the air in the form of vapour. By utilising the simple but brilliant advantage of the windsock, they’re able to reasonably calculate when they can release the harmful gases and other environmental hazards. With the windsock, they’re aware of the velocity of the wind as well as the direction, meaning they know how fast it can spread and to where. This most definitely reduces the risk of harmful toxins being carried by the wind over to densely populated areas.

Golfers benefit from them as well

Last but certainly not least, this is one particular use of the windsock that could very well convince you to purchase one for yourself. In golf, being able to calculate the velocity and direction of the wind is invaluable. You’ll find that most golf courses already have quite a few windsocks set up at strategic sites around the course, and the fact that they’re quite easy to spot because of their vibrant colour means any golfer could take advantage of their data. That said, not all courses have them, but some golfers prefer to have one as a backup just in case they need its help.

To conclude, while windsocks certainly won’t be winning awards for the most useful gadgets ever, they are surprisingly beneficial provided that you know exactly how to make use of them. It definitely wouldn’t hurt to have one just in case!


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