At LG Air Solution, we’re all about wind! Wind is our specialty and we dedicate our time to providing the most powerful and effective wind control systems in the world. Wind in nature is our inspiration, but where does natural wind come from and where does it blow the hardest? Wind is caused by differences in atmospheric pressure and these differences are responsible for everything from gentle breezes to the powerful forces that create hurricanes and tornados. Join us as we delve into the world of wind and find out how wind is created and where to find the windiest places on Earth.
Blowin’ in the Wind
To put it simply, wind is created when air is under pressure. Air naturally moves from high pressure to low pressure conditions and the movement of the air is what we call wind. Imagine blowing air into a balloon and then releasing the valve of the balloon. The air in the balloon is under pressure and it naturally (and forcefully) moves through the hole in the balloon to the lower pressure conditions outside of the balloon. You can feel the wind created as the air leaves the valve in the balloon. This is the same principle through which wind is created in nature.
Atmospheric pressure is caused by temperature changes on the surface of the Earth
The differences in atmospheric pressure on the Earth are created by heat distributed from the sun across the planet. As the sun heats up certain parts of the Earth more than others, the air above the hotter places rises and air from the cooler places moves in to fill in its place. When you’re at the beach, the sun heat the sand more than the water and the air above the sand rises while the air above the water moves over the sand and rises as well. This cycle continues and creates a refreshing breeze. On a larger scale, these gentle breezes can become serious forces to reckon with.
Windiest Places on Earth
Wind affects our lives and environments in many different ways, but there are some places on Earth where the effects of the wind are monumental. Let’s look at 5 of the windiest places on the planet.
Wind and our World
Wind has a profound effect on our lives and is much more than just a refreshing breeze at the beach. However, the same pressure systems that cool us off while sunbathing are the same systems that produce the powerful and sometimes dangerous hurricanes, tornados and gale force winds around the world. That said, humans have also been harnessing the power of the wind for thousands of years. Mesopotamians are thought to have used the sailboat for travel and trade on the Tigris and Euphrates rivers as far back as 5,000 years ago while the Chinese are documented to have utilized the windmill for grains mills and water pumps as early as 1200 A.D. Even the electric wind turbine was invented in the late 1800s. These mediums for accessing the power of the wind have had profound impacts on the development of human civilization and the technology is still being implemented around the world today. The wind is responsible for shaping much of our geography and our environment, but it is also one of our greatest resources.
Wind has been moving us forward for thousands of years
Look for Yourself
This link provides a map that lets you see wind activity around the world in real time.
As wind specialists, LG Air Solution takes inspiration from the wind in nature. While we may not be creating gale force winds, our HVAC solutions are providing powerful airflow to customers around the world. How windy is it in your neck of the woods?