Why Does Smoke Follow You Around a Fire? (Video)

When spending time outdoors around a campfire, have you perhaps noticed one strange thing – why is it that the smoke from the fire seemingly follows your position, no matter where you stand around it?

A campfire.

A campfire. Image credit: Piqsels, CC0 Public Domain

It is not just your imagination, because this effect really exists. In some cases the tendency of smoke following people is quite strong so that it even overcomes the force of a light wind blowing towards an opposite direction. And this strange phenomenon can be explained with the help of physics. 

Watch the video below for a detailed explanation of this peculiar mechanism:

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