Originally Posted by Rahahb
In wind, the pole itself is pretty aerodynamic being round and all. It's pretty darn solid and hopefully I didn't overestimate its strength. IF it does fall, at least it won't hit anything worthwhile.
It's not so much that the pole is aerodynamic it's the weight of the plants, the plants are growing on an angle putting torque on the base of the pole, the hops will bush out a bit making a small sail. So then when the wind is blowing in the same direction as the pull on the pole from the hops that's when you have issues. If you really geek out like I did you can draw a free body diagram to show all this visually and do the calculations, it gives you a better idea of what you are up against.