wind scoop

wind scoop

[′win ‚sküp]
(meteorology)
A saucerlike depression in the snow near obstructions such as trees, houses, and rocks, caused by the eddying action of the deflected wind.

wind scoop, wind catcher

A device, especially found in hot regions of the Middle East, that ventilates a house by the use of wind. A small tower on the roof contains an opening that faces the prevailing wind, which is at a cooler temperature than the interior of the house. Because the wind velocity at this opening is greater than it is at the lower windows of the house, air in the shaft of the tower is forced down the shaft to cool the house.
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A rooftop vertical-axis wind turbine powers an exhibit inside the museum, and a skylight wind scoop passively ventilates the building's main stairwell.
Designed by Marpillero Pollak Architects, the $3-million project includes a tent-like exterior pavilion (the Meadow Structure) that uses thin photovoltaic strips affixed to its fabric cover to produce electricity, a rooftop vertical-axis wind turbine that powers an exhibit inside the museum, and a skylight wind scoop that passively ventilates the building's main stairwell.
Some part of me drifted off, like dust the wind scoops up and blows someplace you never thought about.
In effect, the hotter the sunshine becomes, the more efficient the process - a remarkably unostentatious and (so far - I was there on a very hot day) satisfactory example of a passively controlled internal climate, calm and without the fashionable trappings of dramatically expressed thermal chimneys or wind scoops.
Wind scoops and solar panels catch and store the only energy available at this lodge, where telephone wires and TV antennas are as conspicuously absent as electrical lines.
With the remote control, the girl opens wind scoops embedded in the walls of the house.