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It’s SO Windy on the Billboard. Why?

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As I’m sitting on the billboard today, it is a constant battle of securing things down. My chairs are all over the place. The wire-ties that are holding my tent down have snapped a few times, so I ask the age old question.

What causes the wind?

According to Wikipedia.com, this is what they have to say:

Wind is caused by differences in pressure. When a difference in pressure exists, the air is accelerated from higher to lower pressure. On a rotating planet, the air will be deflected by the Coriolis effect, except exactly on the equator. Globally, the two major driving factors of large-scale winds (the atmospheric circulation) are the differential heating between the equator and the poles (difference in absorption of solar energy leading to buoyancy forces) and the rotation of the planet. Outside the tropics and aloft from frictional effects of the surface, the large-scale winds tend to approach geostrophic balance. Near the Earth’s surface, friction causes the wind to be slower than it would be otherwise. Surface friction also causes winds to blow more inward into low pressure areas.

 

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