Having fun with Google Earth and the Wind Stats website  
 

Why are airport runways built in a certain direction? Ideally planes like to take off and land into the wind. The Wind Stats website gives the prevailing wind as a circular histogram, and Google Earth can zoom in on a runway - did they get it right? We fly to the little coastal town of Mackay in Queensland to find out.  
 

 
 

 


 
 

Relevant links:
www.windfinder.com/windstats
www.googleearth.com

Screen Protractor [Iconico, New York]

 
   

 

 

(*) Jing is a free on-screen recorder that uploads to the web or saves as a Flash file (.swf)

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