land and sea breeze

land and sea breeze

[¦land ən ′sē ‚brēz]
(meteorology)
The complete cycle of diurnal local winds occurring on seacoasts due to differences in surface temperature of land and sea; the land breeze component of the system blows from land to sea, and the sea breeze blows from sea to land.

land and sea breeze

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Breezes or winds caused by the differential heating or cooling of land and water surfaces near the coastal areas. The land heats and cools more quickly than the sea. During the night, the air over the land becomes colder and, hence, denser than that over the adjoining water. There is thus a high pressure over the land and a low pressure over the sea, and this sets off a breeze flowing from the land to the sea. This wind flow is called a land breeze. During the day, the wind flows in the reverse direction, as the sea is colder than the land. This flow of the wind from the sea to the land is called a sea breeze.
References in classic literature ?
The land and sea breezes have got broken up into small pieces.
In Florida, the pattern was more diffuse, but it appears to reflect the patterns of land and sea breezes, which in turn may be controlled by the shape of Florida's coasts.
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