serop asked in Science & MathematicsWeather · 2 months ago

is the prevailing westerlies wind near the equator?

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  • 2 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.

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  • Ron
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    2 months ago

    not really.  They get pretty close in Jan, Feb when the global wind systems have shifted southward, but never reach the equator

    • TQ
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      2 months agoReport

      bad meteorology

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  • 2 months ago

    TQ is right. The Trade Winds (easterlies) are the ones near the equator.

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    • οικος
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      2 months agoReport

      Years from now, someone might really want to know and thinks that using YA is better than a real source of information. My answer is for them as much as for the asker.

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  • TQ
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    2 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.
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