posted on Nov, 11 2013 @ 07:26 PM
reply to post by All Seeing Eye
In actual fact, I did a rudimentary study of small scale wind vortex motion when I was six years old. There was this particular area of our schools
playground, which was boxed in on three sides by the assembly hall on one side, the corridor between there and the section reserved for the younger
students (between four and a half and seven years of age) and the section itself. In this area of the playground, vorteces would form on a fairly
regular basis, because the prevailing wind would create eddies and whirlwinds as it passed over the space between the sections of the building.
When they formed, these vortex like movements would pick up any debris on the ground, like leaves, small twigs, sand and so on, and spin them around.
One afternoon in autumn, I went out with a notepad, and drew a chalk circle with three lines across its diametre at equal intervals, in a location
where I knew these vortex things would often form. Using the lines that I had drawn as a rough guide, I was able to ascertain that on six occasions
out of ten, the debris which had been picked up by the vortex, and spun around, did in fact land within one segments width of its original starting
position. Of course, being six, and having done this on my own, it perhaps was not the most scientific of experiments, and certainly not the most
effective I have ever undertaken, but still.
It is only when these types of wind grow much larger and more powerful, that an item can be expected to end up far enough from its original location,
that locating the item later becomes tiresome. An example would be the trash vortex I witnessed at a rock festival once. It took up anything that was
lightweight and not pinned down, and carried things like trash bags, food wrappers, rolling papers (oooohhhh yeah!) and a plethora of other bits of
crap, a good hundred feet into the air, before depositing most of its haul in some unfortunate farmers field a good few hundred metres horizontal
distance away, over the fence, and outside the festival site itself.