Brave west winds
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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.