wind current


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wind current

[′win ′kə‚rənt]
(meteorology)
Generally, any of the quasi-permanent, large-scale wind systems of the atmosphere, for example, the westerlies, trade winds, equatorial easterlies, or polar easterlies.
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Whenever an inversion occurs, it tends to dissipate during the middle of the day as wind currents mix the air layers.
The contenders do so in order to drift eastward on the jet stream, a wind current at about 9,114 m (30,000 ft), created by the Earth's rotation.
It cannot be easy having wings that are useless while the ravens, magpies and other smaller birds of that ilk dart and soar on the wind currents above, sometimes majestically, sometimes crudely.
There are four major causes of natural climate change; 1) Changes in the sun's solar output, 2) Changes in the tilt of the Earth's axis, 3) Continental drift, which changes ocean currents that impact weather and climate, and 4) Changing wind currents.
The location was chosen as it benefits from strong wind currents and so is expected to enable the wind farm to sell competitively priced power to the EETC.
The balloons move depending on wind currents, which means the Project Loon team has to "get familiar with the constantly shifting winds" on the island to connect people for as long as possible, Westgarth said.
In addition, the building orientation was set considering wind currents to better ventilate spaces.
Uneven ground can cause wind currents to change dramatically, so every shooter needs a basic understanding of how to read wind speed.
Understanding the science behind the wind currents and how the ebb and flow of coastal waters affect conditions is another important factor.
I learned, as all mountain hunters do, that unpredictable wind currents can drive a bowhunter crazy.
Scientists in Germany said they are 75% certain that 2014 will be the hottest summer on record as the El Nino ect, which occurs when waters on the Pacic equator are unusually warm, leads to disruptive changes in ocean and wind currents across the world.
Africa's diverse topography is a recipe for extremes --in temperature, rainfall, and wind currents, resulting in myriad diverse habitats and ecosystems.