Global Winds and Local Winds

By Julie B.

Global Winds

Global winds blow across continents - winds follow curved patterns due to the Coriolis effect. Polar easterlies, westerlies, and trade winds are all examples of global winds.

Local Winds

Local winds blow only in small areas due to the local heat patterns. Land breezes and sea breezes are two types of local winds.

Land and Sea Breeze Similarities and Differences

Sea and land breezes have many things in common. They both are obviously local winds and they both blow over small areas. At the same time they are very different. The land breeze blows warm air and sea breezes blow cool air. In addition, a land breeze happens at night and sea breezes happen during the day.