Difference between revisions of "Brave west winds"

From Glossary of Meteorology
(No difference)

Revision as of 14:45, 20 February 2012

brave west winds

A nautical term for the strong and rather persistent westerly winds over the oceans in temperate latitudes.

They occur between latitudes 40° and 65° in the Northern Hemisphere and 35° to 65° in the Southern Hemisphere, where they are more regular and are strongest between 40° and 50°S (roaring forties). They are associated with the strong pressure gradient on the equatorial side of the frequent depressions passing eastward in subpolar temperate latitudes; hence they fluctuate mainly between southwest and northwest.

Copyright 2022 American Meteorological Society (AMS). For permission to reuse any portion of this work, please contact permissions@ametsoc.org. Any use of material in this work that is determined to be “fair use” under Section 107 of the U.S. Copyright Act (17 U.S. Code § 107) or that satisfies the conditions specified in Section 108 of the U.S.Copyright Act (17 USC § 108) does not require AMS’s permission. Republication, systematic reproduction, posting in electronic form, such as on a website or in a searchable database, or other uses of this material, except as exempted by the above statement, require written permission or a license from AMS. Additional details are provided in the AMS Copyright Policy statement.