A lot of times I see small tube like streams of visible moisture training from the middle of an airliners wing. I assume this is induced drag created by wingtip vortices, when the aircraft is heavy, clean, and slow. However, I figured this would only happen at the “wingtips” and not from the middle section of a wing. I have seen them at the wingtips but a lot of the time it’s coming from the middle. If this is from the wingtip vortices how come they would come from the middle?
They are vortices coming from the flap panel, same as the vortices coming from the wing tip, but much more intense because the angle to the flow is so high. Because of this, the pressure drop in the core of the flap vortice much more than pressure drop in the flow off the wing tip. This means the temperature drop is also much more, enough to condense the humidity in the air, like a horizontal tornado.