Understanding Westerly Winds


February 5, 2022


Understanding Westerly Winds

Westerly wind/Wikipedia

Westerly winds occur within the mid-latitudes of Earth and are powerful.

The westerlies are an essential part of the Earth’s wind system, and bring the winds and waters that surround the equator to the coasts of many continents.

Westerlies are formed due to high-pressure systems within the mid-latitudes. The hot air near the equator rises, and the cold air from surrounding areas replaces the hot air. The air begins to circulate, which is how the westerlies are formed, according to tomorrow.io.

Westerlies occur between 30 and 60-degrees latitude in the Northern Hemisphere and between 30 and 60-degrees latitude in the Southern Hemisphere.

Winds outside of these regions are not considered westerlies.

During the winter, the westerlies carry warm and moist air from the southwest region.

Because of this, they help to keep many regions warmer during the winter months.

However, in the summer, they do the opposite. They carry cooler air from the arctic regions; this makes the weather cooler.

Westerly winds are strong during the winter and weak during the summer, due to the pressure over the pole.

The westerlies are an important type of wind, as they help moderate the weather of places such as Europe.

Hopefully, you now know more about the westerlies and how they are formed.

However, the westerlies are only one type of wind; there are many other types out there!

(From tomorrow.io)