Types of Wind By: Brooklyn Case

Global Winds are wind belts that incircle the Earth. They affect the weather, and help move things around.
Global Convection Currents cause Global Winds, on a large scale. On a smaller scale they cause local winds.
The global Winds are divided into three wind belts. Their names are: Polar Easterlies, Prevailing Westerlies, and Trade Winds.
Doldrums are calm, light winds that are north of the equator. They give light breezes.
Horse Latitudes are subtropical latitudes between 30 and 38 degrees. These are both in the northern latitudes and southern latitudes. These areas are dominated by the subtropical high, an area of high pressure. This suppresses precipitation and clouds from forming. These latitudes have variable winds, with mostly calm winds.
Trade Winds are the pattern of eastern winds in the Tropics. These are found near the Earth's equator.
Prevailing Westerlies are the opposite of the Trade Winds. These winds are winds going from the west toward the east in the middle latitudes between 30 and 60 degrees latitude. They originate from the high-pressure areas in the horse latitudes.
Polar Easterlies are the dry, cold prevailing winds that blow from the high-pressure areas of the polar highs at the North and South Poles towards low-pressure areas within the Westerlies at high latitudes.
Jet streams are fast flowing, narrow, meandering air currents found in the atmosphere. Jet streams are cycles of the wind.


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