Types of wind
You might think that there is only 1 kind of wind. However, because the sun shines different on each part of the world there are different types of wind. To describe air movement meteorologists have divided the earth in six parts.
Another reason why there are a lot of names for wind is that people have called winds different.
In this section we'll give an explanation on all sorts of wind in the world. The most common winds are listed on the right side of your screen. There is also a large list of local names for different types of wind.
We divided the sorts of wind in global and local. The definitions are explained below.
Global winds are the types of wind that appear all over the world because of the following reasons:
- The earths rotation
- The earths movement around the sun
- Because of the round shape of the world
Global winds are the large movements between the six parts of the world. They really differ from eachother. Besides the three types of movements you can see on the image there are also wind phenomena, such as jet streams.
Local winds are dependant on the scenery. A good example are mountain areas. Wind blows against the mountain and is forced to go up. Because wind is usually going into one direction, the other side of the mountain almost doesn't have any wind.
Besides the most important local winds listed on the right side of your screen there is also a large list of local winds. These don't differ very much from normal local winds, but are differently named by local inhabitants.
This section has been made with help from:
Whirling winds from the world
KNMI (Dutch meteorologists)
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