there different types of winds?
Earth there are several major wind belts called Global Winds.
These winds travel in a pattern and cover long distances.
The Global Winds are:
Easterlies: From 60-90 degrees
winds are very weak.
Westerlies: From 30-60 degrees
are the winds that effect the weather patterns in the United
States. They are very strong winds.
Trade Winds From 0 - 30 degrees
latitude. These are the winds
sailors used for their trade routes. Where the trade winds meet
at the equator there is an area of calm called the Doldrums
What are Land and Sea Breezes? We learned during our lab that land heats up faster than water. While water takes longer to warm up it retains its heat longer than the land. This causes temperature above each different type of surface to be different. During the day, the land heats up faster, and the hot air rises, creating an area of lower pressure. Wind blows from the sea to the land. This is a sea breeze.
At night, the land cools off faster than the sea. Cooler air descends creating an area of higher pressure. Wind blows from the land to the sea. This is a land breeze.
The Jet Stream is a current of fast moving air in the upper atmosphere. They blow from the west to the east. The can reach speeds of more than 275 mph.