Solar4Scholars: Make your own Wind Gauge
These simple instructions come from the California government website, Energy Quest for kids. These are instructions for a simple wind gauge. This will indicate direction as well as some relative speeds. You can use this to determine where the wind blows the strongest, you can compare gauge readings.
- Print out the pattern using your Internet browser software.
- Trace the pattern onto cardboard.
- Cut out the light cardboard wind gauge.
- Tie thread or string in hole.
- Move gauge until thread is blowing the same way edge furthest from the string is pointing. This indicates wind direction. Keep pointing the gauge in that direction.
- Where the thread points along arc indicates a relative velocity. Make marks with a pen along the arc to show how hard the wind is blowing.
Left side toward direction wind is blowing from.
Bottom parallel to ground.