Wind

Wind and Grass

Hunters in Savoonga have taught us that from a very young age hunters are taught that if they become lost on the tundra to dig down in the snow and look for the direction the grass is laying.  Traditionally the grass would be laying down to the south, southeast.  But with climate change, hunters there are telling us that the prevailing wind direction has switched to the southwest, meaning the grass would be laying down to the north, northeast.  We are walking the tundra around Savoonga on transects to determine the direction grass is laying down as indicator of wind direction and correlate those observations with regional weather data.