10 Science Facts
about the

  1. The atmosphere moves the earth's temperatures from one place to another creating wind.
  2. Warm air moves to the poles where it cools down.
  3. Cold air moves toward the equator (the middle) where it warms up.
  4. When winds blow really hard they're called: hurricanes, tornadoes, microbursts, zephyrs, sirocco, sharav, mistral or monsoons.
  5. Wind moves from areas of high pressure to areas of low pressure.
  6. When a storm needs a ride it hops onto the high-speed wind, that is above 30,000 feet, "jet stream"
  7. The Trade winds (winds that move from east to west) get sailors on ships at sea from one place to another. The westerlies blow west to east. Ships need winds to avoid the horse latitudes, areas of calm or no wind.
  8. The Doldrums are calm and light baffling winds that exists north of the equator between the northern and southern trade winds in the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans.
  9. Air flows around the earth in a counterclockwise direction in the northern hemisphere and a clockwise direction in the southern hemisphere. This is due to the Coriolis effect. It is a common misconception that the Coriolis effect also controls how water drains from your sink, toilet or bathtub; however, the effect is so miniscule that the water is apt to spin any which way in either hemisphere.
  10. Wind direction is always the direction the wind comes from. The EAST wind comes from the East.
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