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Wind knots? Like knots in my hair? Nope! Wind knot is the speed of the wind on the ground. This can vary greatly to the wind speed at altitude! When you hear us talking about wind knots it’s really just fancy talk for how strong the wind is blowing! 

The term Knots actually dates back to 17th century sailors who used a device called a common log, this device has a long rope attached to it with evenly spaced knots. Aviation stole most of its terminology from the nautical world, similar to the navigation beacons on both ships and aircraft port (left) = red, starboard (right) = green, the more you know, right?