By: Tyler Frohock
General Info On Winds
Wind is caused by the movement of air from areas of high pressure to areas of low pressure.
The Definition of Winds
Wind is the natural movement of air through areas of low pressure and high pressure.
Local winds are winds that occur in your town or state rather than globally across oceans.
Local winds are created by cool air blowing from the sea or land onto the land or sea and pushing warm air over the cooler part of land in a big cycle. Land breezes blow from the land to the sea sea breezes blow from the sea to the land.
The global winds are....
Doldrums they are near the equator and the warm air is rising creating a low pressure area but then cool air comes in and is warmed rapidly before it goes anywhere. There is very little horizontal motion so the wind is very weak.
Trade winds occur when the cold air on the horse latitudes sink producing an area of high pressure. The pressure makes surface winds blow towards the equator and away from it.
Jet streams are a band of very strong winds in the atmosphere that go about 100 to 300 miles per hour. Jets usually use it to boost them along, so to speak, so they don't use as much fuel.
Prevailing westerlies are winds that are between 30 degrees and 60 degrees north and south latitude and blow from the west.