I check rather often, among others, two websites: wind map (http://earth.nullschool.net/#current/wind) and flight radar (http://www.flightradar24.com). Both show aspects of real life as they are happening.
Today, I had an interesting realisation. I noticed the monsoon winds that blow from Africa to India. I had read about these as motors of trade in past centuries. One can also see the trade winds in various latitudes. You can also see hurricanes/typhoons spinning their way across the seas and buffeting land.
At the same time, I noticed flight patterns across the North Atlantic. During the day, all aircraft are heading west. The pattern reverses at night, when all flights head to Europe.
These two patterns, one natural and the other manmade are very similar. I’m sure no one else cares…
Isn't that a cool word? But, that's not the point...
If you want to see something interesting (warning: this is about nature, which is tied to “science”), check out the typhoon heading towards Japan. This storm is readily apparent on the wind map offered by this site.
To see this, you must rotate the globe to the western Pacific Ocean. People unfamiliar with geography (ie. Americans) can consult an atlas to discover where Japan lies.
Compare the storm in the Pacific to the remnants of the hurricane that recently spoiled the July 4th weekend of Cape Hatteras residents, which is now dropping rain on northeast Canada.
This is a cool website, especially for anyone interested in weather or who travels by airplane.
Wind and solar energy is supposed to save us in the future. Turbines are springing up in Germany like mushrooms after rain. I watch the blades spin and fear for my chance to watch television, have light to read a book, and not have to cut back on labor-saving devices.
The flight from Frankfurt to London passes over the English Channel, where huge wind machine farms have been erected. From the plane, the blades seemed to be rotating at a speed similar to an old man strolling along a lakeside promenade. I do not understand the mechanics of a wind turbine, but common sense tells me that such a rotation speed does not produce a whole bunch of electricity.
If that is the future, I guess my reading will be limited to sunlight and all tasks will be done with hand tools. I have begun to stockpile candles...
Prior to writing novels, the author enjoyed a multifaceted career: from decorated combat aviator to advertising professional to global communications director of a major consumer brand. He has traveled the world and met sports, film and television stars, political leaders, and royalty. He graduated from Middlebury College, is married, lives in Germany, and has two grown children.