prevailing winds


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prevailing winds

The winds produced by the global patterns of barometric pressure, both at the surface and aloft. The prevailing winds are influenced by the earth's rotation (Coriolis effect). The prevailing winds are the polar high, polar easterlies, subpolar lows, westerlies, subtropical high-horse latitudes, and tradewinds in both the Northern and Southern Hemispheres. These northern and southern prevailing wind bands are mirror images of each other. The equatorial low doldrums are found along a belt near the equator. See planetary winds.
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A Welsh Government spokesman said Welsh beaches have historically seen higher than average levels of litter compared with other areas of the UK because of prevailing winds and annual fluctuations were inevitable.
Common test cases to study wind-farm behavior are wind farms in which turbines are either installed in rows, which will be aligned against the prevailing winds, or in staggered, checkerboard-style blocks where each row of turbines is spaced to peek out between the gaps in the previous row.
The research has found that the newly-created dunes pointed in directions dictated by two prevailing winds, which prevailed in the desert at different times of the year and the final orientation of each dune was a compromise between the two wind directions, their durations and their relative strengths.
The Marine Conservation Society (MCS) said Wales is also bearing the brunt of fishing material littering because of prevailing winds and the effects of the Gulf Stream depositing extra waste on its beaches.
But the plant on earthquake-prone Iran's southern coast is a growing worry for its neighbors, because the prevailing winds of the Gulf mean that if radiation ever does escape it would probably be blown over to the Qatari capital Doha and the main oil exporting ports of the United Arab Emirates.
The prevailing winds during the month will be south-easterly in the morning, becoming westerly and north-westerly during the day.
When seeking acreage to buy, lease or even just hunt, look for a tract well suited to the prevailing winds of autumn and winter.
It appeared that the prevailing north-easterly winds which picked up around 9am fuelled the fire and drove it towards the Akamas forest area, whereas usually the prevailing winds come from the west.
The decision followed the grounding of 1,000 flights in parts of northern Europe on Monday because prevailing winds pushed a cloud of volcanic ash from Iceland across parts of the region.
Now prevailing winds are driving the ash plume over Britain.
Polar Bear, a Challenge 72 class yacht, took part in two global races against the prevailing winds and currents.
Prevailing winds could carry odours over a large area of south Liverpool, and its presence could bring a halt to regeneration in the Garston area.