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11:59am on Monday, 13th March, 2023:



It's a windy day today.

The University of Essex campus has six tower blocks. Two are in the south, four are in the north. The four in the north are arranged either side of a straight road, positioned one on the left, one on the right, one on the left and one on the right.

When I was an undergraduate 45 years ago, this gave rise to a wind tunnel effect. We got some very strong winds howling down that road.

Since then, two lower-rise buildings have been constructed in the gaps between the towers, one on each side. We now get some very, very strong winds howling down that road.

The winds are usually pushing in the direction towards the centre of campus rather than away from campus. From this, I can deduce that it's all a deliberate attempt to ensure that students arrive at their lectures on time.

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