prevailing wind

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Noun1.prevailing wind - the predominant wind direction; "the prevailing wind is from the southwest"
antitrades - wind in the upper atmosphere blowing above but in the opposite direction from the trade winds
trade wind, trade - steady winds blowing from east to west above and below the equator; "they rode the trade winds going west"
antitrade, antitrade wind - winds blowing from west to east and lying above the trade winds in the tropics
air current, current of air, wind - air moving (sometimes with considerable force) from an area of high pressure to an area of low pressure; "trees bent under the fierce winds"; "when there is no wind, row"; "the radioactivity was being swept upwards by the air current and out into the atmosphere"
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The master of the merchantman assured him that from the position at which they had picked him up, and the prevailing winds for the past week he could have been on no other island than one of the Cape Verde group, which lie off the West Coast of Africa in about 16x or 17x north latitude.
No stream could be more convenient for navigation, since the prevailing wind is south-east, and sailing boats may make a continuous progress to the Peruvian frontier, dropping down again with the current.
With and against the prevailing winds, the US-1 flew distances of 29 and 21 miles respectively.
Meanwhile 15 houses in Vavuniya, 11 houses in Trincomalee and two houses in Eravur in Batticaloa have been partially damaged due to the prevailing winds.
Expect more rains in the coming days with the gradual shift of the prevailing winds to southwest monsoon or habagat.
As for the temperatures, the highs will range between 29 to 32 degrees, but the prevailing winds will shift to the southwest today, and the lows will dip to 18 to 21 degrees tonight.
Landscaping around the site is also underway which will provide shelter from the prevailing winds.
Most people waiting for the 127 to Leicester end up in a doorway of a community centre next to the bus shelters to keep out of the cold and prevailing winds.
Not only do judiciously placed trees and shrubs harness prevailing winds and push them toward the house, but as they grow, plants help cool the air through a process called transpiration.
For instance, things like tents - rain will travel thousands of miles against prevailing winds for the opportunity to rain on a tent.
"I would have liked to see tougher conditions in practice rounds to get used to prevailing winds and wind switches but that's part of the fun and the adjustment.