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Earth Getting Mysteriously Windier

 
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Earth Getting Mysteriously Windier
[link to news.nationalgeographic.com]

The world has gotten stormier over the past two decades—and the reason is a mystery, a new study says.

In the past 20 years, winds have picked up around 5 percent on average.

Extremely strong winds caused by storms have increased even faster, jumping 10 percent over 20 years, according to the new analysis of global satellite data.

The study, the first to look at wind speeds across such a large swath of the planet, bolsters some earlier findings, according to study leader Ian Young, of the Swinburne University of Technology in Melbourne, Australia.

"Some regional studies had found similar results, so we suspected there may be an increasing trend," Young said.

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I've been wondering about the "Sun Winds" I read about.
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Shin this pit!
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It is really windy right now in north Qld,Oz. we have a big high pressure system over the great australian bight which is moving east and pushing alot of wind up the coast. As it gets further north it hits a trough, which causes instablility and storms.None of the cruise boats are leaving port today and we have no tv signal either. it is a very strange day.
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WIND DOOM!!!
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Yesterday was without a doubt the windiest day I have experienced in the Southeast without it being a severe weather event.
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it means the world is getting an increase in heat energy. Proof the sun is heating the solar system.
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I like the way they span it out over 2 decades. I'd like to see the past 2-3 years in data. That would probably show this has been a faster process than they want to admit and that the use of old numbers is to dilute the data. A 20% over 20 years sounds a lot better than 60% over 2 years, kwim?
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Following our will and wind we may just go where no one's been.
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Re: Earth Getting Mysteriously Windier
Solar System heating up?
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I like the way they span it out over 2 decades. I'd like to see the past 2-3 years in data. That would probably show this has been a faster process than they want to admit and that the use of old numbers is to dilute the data. A 20% over 20 years sounds a lot better than 60% over 2 years, kwim?
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 1185535


^That^

Super windy here all weekend in N. Tx. Not that uncommon for this area for the month of March. I guess we'll have to see if it continues thru April.
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It is a pity we aren't harnessing all this wind power. I reckon it would solve the nuclear issue.
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It's not winter... And it's gotten windier here. I think I'll check the weather.
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It's because of all the wind farms that have been built all over the world recently.
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04/04/2011 12:38 AM
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Trees got chopped down near the anenometers, control for variations fail, stupid scientists, nothing to see here.
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Re: Earth Getting Mysteriously Windier
could it be the coming pole shift?

[link to poleshift.ning.com]
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Wind is caused by pressure systems...


High and low pressure systems evolve due to interactions of temperature differentials in the atmosphere, temperature differences between the atmosphere and water within oceans and lakes, the influence of upper level troughs and shortwaves, as well as the amount of solar heating or radiational cooling an area receives.
 Quoting: [link to en.wikipedia.org]



The likely suspects are the sun, and the oceans.
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Croikey.
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Our geographic pole is ALREADY shifting and has been for at least two months. At the very least we are wobbling on our geographic axis now. When that happens the Earth starts spinning on a new axis...but the atmosphere takes time to catch up, so for a period of time there are high winds in places that have deviated most from the traditional axis. This also causes unexpectedly and abnormally high and low tides in some areas and probably contributes to the increase in landslides.
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Strong gusty winds here in Oklahoma. uhoh
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Here's a fascinating thing I discovered. Take a string about 2 feet long and tie something with some weight to it. I used a hunting knife in its sheath. Then hang it from something in a room with no wind, and watch it. From time to time you will see something pulling it. It will sway a bit, to and fro. This is either the acceleration you feel as the pole shifts beneath you, or it is the gravitational force of the approaching brown dwarf, or both. Try it out for yourself. Don't expect necessarily immediate gratification though - might have to observe it here and there for a time until you see it moving.
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Are you some sort of... Windtard?
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Are you some sort of... Windtard?
 Quoting: Bugsy Moran


Me? Nah, just a math and physics guy who likes to understand what's going on in the world around me. But I have thick skin. Call me whatever you want. I don't care.
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we had to stop trains (in the midwest) today because of trees/polls being knocked down account of wind.

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Re: Earth Getting Mysteriously Windier
Wind is caused by pressure systems...


High and low pressure systems evolve due to interactions of temperature differentials in the atmosphere, temperature differences between the atmosphere and water within oceans and lakes, the influence of upper level troughs and shortwaves, as well as the amount of solar heating or radiational cooling an area receives.
 Quoting: [link to en.wikipedia.org]



The likely suspects are the sun, and the oceans.
 Quoting: Mister Obvious


Ya, wind is the Earth trying to regulate it's temperature. More wind equal more varied fluctuations.
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Re: Earth Getting Mysteriously Windier
Here's a fascinating thing I discovered. Take a string about 2 feet long and tie something with some weight to it. I used a hunting knife in its sheath. Then hang it from something in a room with no wind, and watch it. From time to time you will see something pulling it. It will sway a bit, to and fro. This is either the acceleration you feel as the pole shifts beneath you, or it is the gravitational force of the approaching brown dwarf, or both. Try it out for yourself. Don't expect necessarily immediate gratification though - might have to observe it here and there for a time until you see it moving.
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Okay but wouldn't I notice hanging lights doing this or does long and thin have something to do with being able to observe it better?
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Absolutely... here in NC I noticed last summer that the storms were stronger and windier than normal, and so far this spring it is definitely unusually windy even with clear skies. And the one round of thunderstorms we've already had were very strong and WINDY.
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i have noticed more wind storms where i live this year. they used to be more rare.
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Yeah it's windy as a mofo right now.
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Okay but wouldn't I notice hanging lights doing this or does long and thin have something to do with being able to observe it better?
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Yes, you might see movement with hanging lights too. I guess that would depend on how rigid the cord is. What drew my attention to this was actually a long towel hanging in my bathroom. I saw it moving by itself, subtly but noticeably. So I used the same principle with string and my knife in a room with no air movement, to verify. That showed the movement better than the towel did. By all means, experiment. Doesn't cost a dime.
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On second thought, I doubt lights will show it. That's an electrical cord, I assume, with a copper wire in it. I don't know that the force is strong enough to bend a copper wire back and forth. I would hope it's NOT that strong. Haven't tested that myself though - the towel and the string worked fine for me.

I also recall reading about people mentioning that objects they'd placed atop their fridge, or a rolling walker, etc - they'd find the next day that sometimes objects had moved on their own, and they were wondering about ghosts. I think this also explains that, without the need for paranormal. Just physics.

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