I have to say I'm not anxious to create additional competition for myself by sharing this information, but I'm going to suck it up and post anyway. Since I've already noticed a distinct nosedive in prices on the AH over the past few days, I assume word is out to a certain extent. I speak, of course, of the windy clouds in Nagrand.
I'm sure this isn't news to the other engineers out there, most of you have likely wandered out there to look for gas clouds. I've also been there quite a bit and have a mental map of the various spots I've located floating gold. What I thought I'd expand on a bit is the notion of tracking.
Perhaps some of you recall the minor debate we had in the recent fish tracking post, where we talked about the possibility of tracking gas clouds. As mentioned by a couple of our posters, there are some engineering goggles that have the extra benefit of showing gas clouds on the mini-map. This exchange inspired me to investigate after the 2.3 patch went live, to see if I could figure out a good way to get tracking for myself.
Most of the helms that have this ability are the epic goggles you learn from the trainer (not the goggles from the specialty trainers). But if you haven't made one of those yet, due to lack of engineering skill or primal nethers, there is another option. Our friend Lebowski (and presumably Mack Diver) sells a recipe for Ultra-Spectropic Detection Goggles in limited supply. The mats really aren't too bad for a blue item, so I made myself a pair of these to see how well they worked. So far I'm very pleased with them, I've been using them very successfully to track windy clouds in Nagrand. I also went up to Netherstorm to look for the purported Arcane Vortexes, but unfortunately in one hour of questing and general running around the Area 52 region, I only managed to find one vortex. I'm not sure I'd waste time on that unless you just happen to be there anyway.
I still haven't tried my new helm in Shadowmoon or Zangarmarsh, but I'm very satisfied with the results I've seen in Nagrand. The tracking has definitely helped me find clouds in areas I would never think to go hunting. I'm guessing that used in conjunction with an epic flying mount they would be even more useful. Currently my Kayree is still a land-based explorer, she just reached level 69 last night :)
For you other engineers who have not yet visited Nagrand and checked out the new windy clouds, make yourself a pair of ultra-detection goggles and head on over!