What does it mean when the wind is WSW?
Keep in mind that the meteorological standard is that wind direction indicates the direction the wind is blowing from and not the direction the wind is blowing toward. So, a reading of "W" or 270° means the wind is blowing from the West. Both you and the device should face directly into the wind.
Wind direction is usually reported in cardinal directions or in azimuth degrees. Wind direction is measured in degrees clockwise from due north and so a wind coming from the north has a wind direction of 0 degrees; one from the east is 90 degrees; one from the south has a wind direction of 180 degrees.
- Beaufort Wind Scale
0 --- Calm less than 1 mph (0 m/s) 3 --- Gentle breeze 8 - 12 mph 3.5-5 m/s 4 --- Moderate breeze 13 - 18 mph 5.5-8 m/s 5 --- Fresh breeze 19 - 24 mph 8.5-10.5 m/s 6 --- Strong breeze 25 - 31 mph 11-13.5 m/s
- Intellicast - Wind. The Current Wind map shows the current wind speed and direction for the most recent hour. Wind direction is determined by the direction from which it originates. For example, a northerly wind blows from the north to the south.
- Wind refers to any flow of air above Earth's surface in a roughly horizontal direction. A wind is always named according to the direction from which it blows. For example, a wind blowing from west to east is a west wind. The ultimate cause of Earth's winds is solar energy.
Meteorologists always define the wind direction as the direction the wind is coming from. That's why north winds generally bring colder weather to Chicago, while south winds imply a warmup. For general purposes, the wind direction is reported to eight compass points, (i.e. N, NE, E).
- 1. NNE - the compass point that is midway between north and northeast. nor'-nor'-east, north northeast. compass point, point - any of 32 horizontal directions indicated on the card of a compass; "he checked the point on his compass"
Acronym Definition SSW Sea Surface Wind SSW Solid-State Welding SSW School of Social Work SSW Social Service Worker
- Wind speed, or wind flow velocity, is a fundamental atmospheric quantity. Wind speed is caused by air moving from high pressure to low pressure, usually due to changes in temperature.
These instruments point into the wind so they would point north during a north wind. Likewise, winds don't have to come directly from the north, south, east, or west. The winds can also come from the northwest or southwest, which means that they blow toward the southeast and northeast respectively.
- The Inter Tropical Convergence Zone, or ITCZ, is a belt of low pressure which circles the Earth generally near the equator where the trade winds of the Northern and Southern Hemispheres come together. It is characterised by convective activity which generates often vigorous thunderstorms over large areas.
- A sudden change in wind direction is commonly observed with the passage of a warm front. Before the front arrives, winds ahead of the front (in the cooler air mass) are typically from the east, but once the front passes through, winds usually shift around to the south-southwest (in the warmer air mass).
- Wind direction is the direction from which the wind is blowing; the direction from which the air is moving. It is not the direction the wind is blowing toward.
Updated: 3rd October 2019