February 21, 2017

Homework Help: Geography

Posted by mysterychicken on Friday, October 23, 2009 at 6:03pm.

48. Discuss the various patterns of prevailing wind in each area of latitude (low, middle, high)

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The air movements toward the equator are called trade winds- hot, steady breezes that blow almost endlessly. The Coriolis Effect makes the trade winds appear to be curving to the west, whether they are traveling to the equator from the south or north. The trade winds coming from the south and the north meet near the equator. Between thirty and sixty degrees latitude, the winds that move toward the poles seem to curve to the east. Because winds are named from the direction in which they originate, these winds are called prevailing westerlies. At about sixty degrees latitude in both hemispheres, the prevailing westerlies join with polar easterlies to decrease rising motion. The polar easterlies form when the atmosphere over the poles cools. This cool air then sinks and spreads over the surface. As the air flows away from the poles, it is turned to the west by the Coriolis effect. Again, because these winds begin in the east, they are called easterlies.

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