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-[[Image:Prev-winds.PNG|A '''[[wind]]''' that blows from one direction more frequently than any other during a given period, such as a day, month, '''[[season]]''', or '''[[year]].'''|thumb|250px]]+[[Image:Prev-winds.PNG|'''[[Prevailing Wind]]''': A '''[[wind]]''' that blows from one direction more frequently than any other during a given period, such as a day, month, '''[[season]]''', or '''[[year]].'''|thumb|250px]]
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A region's prevailing and dominant winds are often affected by global patterns of movement in the Earth's atmosphere.[1] In general, easterly flow exists at low and high latitudes globally. A region's prevailing and dominant winds are often affected by global patterns of movement in the Earth's atmosphere.[1] In general, easterly flow exists at low and high latitudes globally.
-In the mid-latitudes, westerly winds are the rule and their strength is at the mercy of the polar cyclone. In areas where winds tend to be light, the sea breeze/land breeze cycle is the most important to the prevailing wind; in areas which have variable terrain, mountain and valley breezes dominate the wind pattern. Highly elevated surfaces can induce a thermal low, which then augments the environmental wind flow.+In the mid-latitudes, westerly winds are the rule and their strength is at the mercy of the polar cyclone. In areas where winds tend to be light, the sea breeze/land breeze cycle is the most important to the prevailing wind; in areas which have variable terrain, '''[[mountain]]''' and '''[[valley]]''' breezes dominate the wind pattern.
 +Highly elevated surfaces can induce a thermal low, which then augments the environmental wind flow.
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 +== Also see ==
 +*'''[[Wind]]'''
 +*'''[[Mountains]]'''
 +*'''[[Landforms]]'''
== Reference == == Reference ==

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Prevailing Wind: A wind that blows from one direction more frequently than any other during a given period, such as a day, month, season, or year.
Prevailing Wind: A wind that blows from one direction more frequently than any other during a given period, such as a day, month, season, or year.

A wind that blows from one direction more frequently than any other during a given period, such as a day, month, season, or year.

A region's prevailing and dominant winds are often affected by global patterns of movement in the Earth's atmosphere.[1] In general, easterly flow exists at low and high latitudes globally.

In the mid-latitudes, westerly winds are the rule and their strength is at the mercy of the polar cyclone. In areas where winds tend to be light, the sea breeze/land breeze cycle is the most important to the prevailing wind; in areas which have variable terrain, mountain and valley breezes dominate the wind pattern.

Highly elevated surfaces can induce a thermal low, which then augments the environmental wind flow.


Also see

Reference

  • Wikipedia Prevailing Wind [1]

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