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 Post subject: Re: Kiter dies in NYC - Plumb Beach
PostPosted: Mon Oct 21, 2013 6:22 pm 
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Fo Makes an excellent point when he said "and don't forget the wind is invisible and comes from behind you"...

...or comes from above.

Because we normally only "see" the wind where it interacts with us and the surface of the earth (water, sand, trees, kites, etcetera), it's easy to forget that the atmosphere is three-dimensional. At any particular time and place, layers or pockets of air above may be invisibly moving very differently from those closest to the surface. Often much faster, and often not far above. Various geographic, temperature, pressure and other dynamic factors can and do cause those elements to move up and down, sometimes surprising those of us on the surface.

I visualize the atmosphere as turbulent water in a flowing river, swirling and surging in three dimensions.

Cheers,
James


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 Post subject: Re: Kiter dies in NYC - Plumb Beach
PostPosted: Mon Oct 21, 2013 6:33 pm 
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from the whiskey river up yonder to shite creek..

when all is said and done, we kiters go with the flow not though a firmer grasp of the inequities inherent to the flawed human condition, but in spite of it..

Yes, we all have shit for brains....

There but for the grace, go us all...

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 Post subject: Re: Kiter dies in NYC - Plumb Beach
PostPosted: Mon Oct 21, 2013 9:36 pm 
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JS wrote:
BigPaul wrote:
Fo Makes an excellent point when he said "and don't forget the wind is invisible and comes from behind you"...

...or comes from above.

Because we normally only "see" the wind where it interacts with us and the surface of the earth (water, sand, trees, kites, etcetera), it's easy to forget that the atmosphere is three-dimensional. At any particular time and place, layers or pockets of air above may be invisibly moving very differently from those closest to the surface. Often much faster, and often not far above. Various geographic, temperature, pressure and other dynamic factors can and do cause those elements to move move up and down, sometimes surprising those of us on the surface.

I visualize the atmosphere as turbulent water in a flowing river, swirling and surging in three dimensions.

Cheers,
James


kinda like this?
http://hint.fm/wind/


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 Post subject: Re: Kiter dies in NYC - Plumb Beach
PostPosted: Mon Oct 21, 2013 10:10 pm 
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Laughingman wrote:
JS wrote:
... I visualize the atmosphere as turbulent water in a flowing river, swirling and surging in three dimensions.

Cheers,
James


kinda like this?
http://hint.fm/wind/

Good visual... but if it was truly three dimensional it would include overlayed streams of 100's of mph, and vertical components too.


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