posted by mysterychicken on .
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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Two comments. "...hot steady breezes that blow almost endlessly" I have to be honest, endlessly is not the word I would use. They are predominate, no doubt, but I have had slack sails too often to say endlessly.
I don't know where you got the idea polar easterlies begin in the East. They begin at the poles, the cold air flows South, but the rotation of the Earth (as we see in the Coriolis effect) turns Southern going things to the West. As they turn to the west, a person facing the wind will think it came from the East. That is the origin of the name, folks at high latitudes around say 60N, see the wind from the East, but folks further North, see it from the North. However, not many folks live that for North. Your second sentence is wrong also, when you say the C effect makes the winds appear to turn to the West. It is more than appear, they do turn to the west.
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