Local Winds Around The World – Complete List

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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

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
Blizzard Coldwinds inTundraRegion
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.

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