is the prevailing westerlies wind near the equator?
- Atarah DerekLv 72 months ago
Because of the Coriolis effect, winds between the equator and 30° blow from east to west. Between 30° and 60° they blow from west to east. And from 60° to 90° they blow...well, around the north pole, they blow clockwise and around the south pole they blow counterclockwise.
- RonLv 72 months ago
not really. They get pretty close in Jan, Feb when the global wind systems have shifted southward, but never reach the equator
- οικοςLv 72 months ago
TQ is right. The Trade Winds (easterlies) are the ones near the equator.
- TQLv 72 months ago
Given the prevailing westerlies are located between 30° and 60° latitude and the equator runs along 0° latitude ... then the prevailing westerlies wind is not near the equator.Source(s): Meteorologist.