What I learned about wind

What is wind?

Wind is the movement of air caused by differences in air pressure.The greater the difference, the faster the wind moves.

What is a Local Wind?

Local Winds

Local Winds generally move short distances and can blow in any direction.Also, their caused by geographic features that produce temperature differences.

Sea Breezes

High pressure is created over the ocean during the day and low pressure over land due to

uneven heating.Air moves from the ocean to the land creating a sea breeze

Land Breezes

Low pressure occurs over the ocean during the night and high pressure over land due to

the uneven heating of earth.This causes wind to move from the land to the ocean creating

a land breeze

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What is a Global Wind?

Global Wind

Global Winds

The combination of pressure belts and the Coriolis effect cause global winds.They are polar easterlies, prevailing westerlies, and trade winds

Polar Easterlies

Wind belts that extend from the poles to 60° latitude.It's formed from cold sinking air moving from the poles creating cold temperatures.

Prevailing Westerlies

Wind belts found between 30° and 60° latitude.It flows towards the poles from west to east carrying moist air over the United States.

Trade Winds

Winds that blow from 30° almost to the equator.It's called the trade winds because of their use by early sailors.

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Located along the equator where no winds blow because the warm rising air creates and area of low pressure

Horse Latitudes

Occur at about 30° north and south of the equator where the winds are very weak.Most deserts on the Earth are located here because of the dry air.

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