DayTodayGK has prepared the list of major Local Winds Around The World.
Wind is nothing but the flow of gases on a large scale. On Earth surface, wind consists of the bulk movement of air. Winds are commonly classified by their spatial scale, their speed, the types of forces that cause them, the regions in which they occur, and their effect. Long-duration winds have various names associated with their average strength, such as breeze, gale, storm, and hurricane.
Local Winds Around The World
Name of the Local Wind
Nature of Wind
|Chinook||Hot and Dry wind in Rockies|
|Foehn||Hot and Dry wind in Alps|
|Khamsin||Hot and Dry wind in Egypt|
|Sirocco||Hot and Moist wind from Sahara to Mediterranean Sea|
|Solano||Hot and Moist wind from Sahara towards Iberian Peninsula|
|Harmattan||Hot and Dry Wind blowing inWest Africa|
|Bora||Cold and Dry wind blowing outwards from Hungary to Northern Italy|
|Mistral||Very cold wind (Blows from Alps over France)|
|Punas||Cold and dry wind blowing down towards the western side of Andes|
|Purga||Cold wind in Russian Tundra|
|Levanter||Cold wind in Spain|
|Norwester||Hot wind in New Zealand|
|Santa Ana||Hot wind in South California|
Interesting Facts About Winds
- Wind is caused by differences in the atmospheric pressure. When a difference in atmospheric pressure exists, air moves from the higher to the lower pressure area, resulting in winds of various speeds.
- Wind direction is usually expressed in terms of the direction from which it originates. For example, a northerly wind blows from the north to the south.
- Wind speed is measured by anemometers, most commonly using rotating cups or propellers.
- Strong winds of intermediate duration (around one minute) are termed squalls.
- Wind power is the use of air flow through wind turbines to mechanically power generators for electric power.
- Denmark generates more than 40% of its electric power from wind, and at least 83 other countries around the world are using wind power to supply their electric power grids.